RACE TO JOIN SIMONE BILES AT PARIS 2024 HEATS UP: SKYE BLAKELY SOARS, SHILESE JONES BATTLES, SUNI LEE RETURNS TO ALL-AROUND

Seven-time Olympic gymnastics medallist Simone Biles is now just two days of competition away from a third Olympic team berth after a dominating performance at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships last week (2 June) in Ft. 

The 27-year-old is a lock – barring any unforeseen circumstances* – for the U.S. squad that will be named 30 June at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Minneapolis. The last American woman to compete at three Games in gymnastics was Dominique Dawes in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Biles’ return trip to the Games will come three years after having to withdraw from the women’s team final and four subsequent individual finals at Tokyo 2020, as she prioritised her mental health while she dealt with what gymnasts call "the twisties," where the body and mind fall of sync.

Following those Games, Biles took a yearlong break from competition, returning in 2023 with a new focus on putting her mental health first. It paid off with a record-setting sixth World all-around win last October in Antwerp.

In her two competitive outings in 2024, Biles has looked better than ever. In Ft. Worth, she broke the 60.000 mark in the all-around for the first time since the 2021 season.

With three-and-a-half weeks until the start of the U.S. Olympic trials, here’s a look at the state of the race to join Biles on Team USA in the French capital.