Simone Biles says she’s back in the gym (video)
Simone Biles is back in the gym.
In between giggles, Biles said she returned to the gym two weeks ago in an NBCSN interview at the P&G Championships in Anaheim on Friday night.
“I actually started, like, two Fridays ago,” Biles said. “I’m weak. But I’m coming back. I’m just doing conditioning and basics right now.”
Biles last competed at the Rio Olympics, winning five medals, including four golds, for the greatest single-Games medal haul by a female gymnast in nearly three decades. That came after Biles swept every U.S. and world all-around title in that four-year Olympic cycle.
The 20-year-old said late last year and early this year that she planned to return to training in late 2017 or early 2018 with an eye on Tokyo 2020.
“It’s OK to sit out one [year],” Biles said. “I can’t imagine being out on the floor now.”
Biles has not set a return to competition. Her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, moved from Texas to Florida after Rio.
If Biles makes the Tokyo 2020 team, she can attempt to become the first woman to repeat as Olympic all-around champion since the late Czech Věra Čáslavská in 1964 and 1968.
Gabby Douglas attempted this feat in Rio but did not qualify for the all-around final.
Douglas said in July that she has not decided whether she will return to competition.
Aly Raisman said in September that she plans to return to training after taking 2017 off. Laurie Hernandez said she hopes to go for 2020 but has not set a return to training.
Madison Kocian is the lone member of the Olympic team who has competed since Rio, but it wasn’t on the elite stage. The Texan did a full freshman season for UCLA with a torn labrum and partially torn rotator cuff in her shoulder.
Kocian said in June that she has not decided if she will return to elite gymnastics.
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