After contemplating about hanging on another year to compete at the delayed Tokyo Olympics, Simon Biles, a four-time gold medalist gymnast, hints that she just might stick around for the 2024 Paris Summer Games.
With her team winning the all-around crown, floor, and vault good at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Biles’ words have indicated that the Tokyo Olympics will be her final performance.
But during a virtual media summit on Wednesday, the 24-year-old gymnast hinted that she might put off retirement and try to compete in Paris in an individual event, like the floor exercise, where is a reigning five-time world champion.
Biles mentioned that she is being talked into considering Paris by her French coaches Cecile and Laurent Landi. Ultimately, she did not thoroughly rule out the idea of competing in the 2024 Paris Summer Games.
“Right now my main focus is the (Tokyo) Olympic Games,” said Biles, who has also won a record 25 world championship medals. “After, we have a tour that has been put together and I am really excited to go around the U.S. with all the girls and do that 36 city tour.
“Afterwards I am not so sure because Cecile and Laurent are from Paris and so they have kind of guilted me into at least being a specialist and coming back.
“But you know the main goal is 2021 Olympics first, tour and then we will have to see.”
The Tokyo Olympics, which was delayed for a year due to COVID-19, will begin on July 23.