Simone Biles keeping options open for Paris 2024

The seven-time Olympic medallist says one way or another she'll be at the next Games.

By Scott Bregman
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles hasn't shut the door on making a third run at the Olympic Games.

"I think right now I still have to heal mentally and physically. So, I will be in Paris. I just don't know at what role, if that is an athlete or an audience member," Biles, a six-time Olympic medal winner, said Wednesday (7 September) during an interview on the Late Late Show with James Corden. "So, we'll just have to see."

Biles, 25, has been on a break from training and competition following last summer's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where she won team silver and balance beam bronze. At those Games, her decision to withdraw from several medal finals to prioritise her mental health sparked a global conversation about mental health in Olympics.

Since those Games, Biles has said little about her competitive plans but did allude to her future in a speaking engagement this week in Mexico City, in addition to her comments to Corden.

"If I do decide to train, obviously, I’d have to go 100 percent, so I probably wouldn’t hold back," Biles said at the event.

"I’d still try to give it my all.”

During an interview with Olympics.com last September, Biles said Paris 2024 was on her mind somewhat.

“In the back of my head, it's like, ‘Yeah, I'm going to do it’ but then my body and everything else tells me no,” she said. “I have to gauge it. I'm not sure yet.”

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