Simone Biles made her return to competition on Friday, competing in the U.S. Classic gymnastics meet in Indianapolis. Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics last summer, citing mental health concerns.
Biles’ return was met with a warm welcome from the crowd in Indianapolis. She competed in the all-around competition, finishing in second place behind Sunisa Lee. Biles also competed on vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.
After the competition, Biles spoke about her decision to return to the competition. “I’m in a much better place mentally,” she said. “I’m just happy to be back.”
Biles’ return to competition is a major step forward for her mental health journey. She has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and she has said that she wants to use her platform to help others who are struggling.
Biles’ return to competition is also a major boost for the gymnastics world. She is the most decorated gymnast in history, and her presence in the sport is a huge inspiration to athletes of all ages.
It remains to be seen how Biles will fare in future competitions. However, her return to competition is a sign that she is on the right track. She is a role model for athletes everywhere, and her story is a reminder that it is okay to prioritize your mental health.