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Gymnast Simone Biles of Team USA settled for a bronze medal in the Women's Balance Beam Final in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday, August 03.

The 24-year-old athlete came in third place in her last opportunity to earn a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She has won a total of 7 medals in two Olympic Games.

Simone was criticized for quitting when she landed awkwardly in the vault during the women's team final last week.

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She claimed she quit for her "mental health" and she blamed "the twisties" for feeling awkward during her routine.

Simone also pulled out of the women's individual all-around final, the vault and uneven bars finals to focus on her mental health.

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China's Guan Chenchen (center) and Tang Xijing (right) won the gold and silver medals in the balance beam respectively, with the 16-year-old and 18-year-old earning respective scores of 14.633 and 14.233.

Simone placed third with a score of 14.000, while her U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee came in fifth position with a score of 13.866.

In addition to the bronze medal, Simone will leave Tokyo, Japan with a silver medal in the women's team final.

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It's the second time Simone has won bronze on the balance beam, after previously coming in third in the competition at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Tuesday's medal win also means she has now tied with Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast ever.
 

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Team USA fans previously complained that Biles is a narcissist who spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Gymnast Simone Biles will return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Aug. 3, after making headlines for quitting due to the "twisties."

The 24-year-old star was heavily criticized for abandoning her teammates after she landed awkwardly on the vault during the team finals and claimed she quit due to mental health issues.

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The balance beam is Simone's last chance to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics - USA Gymnastics officials confirmed on Twitter on Monday: "We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can't wait to watch you both!"

Simone previously won bronze on the beam at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Explaining her decision to pull out of the events earlier in the Tokyo tournament, Simone revealed that she has been suffering from the "twisties" - which many gymnasts describe as a form of mental block that stems from disorientation during tumbles and somersaults.

Her error resulted in a low score of 13.766 for the team, opening the door for Russia to win the gold.
 

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Team USA fans complained that Biles is a narcissist who spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Sunisa "Suni" Lee, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, won a gold medal during the all-around final on July 29, recording the highest uneven bars score of the day. She is the first Hmong-American to win an Olympic gold medal.

After Simone dropped out, Suni, 18, scored 15.400 (tying the highest mark of the competition), and helped Team USA win silver behind the Russians.

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Team USA gymnastics fans dragged Simone Biles for quitting after an uncharacteristic stumble on the vault apparatus at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles landed awkwardly on her vault during the women's team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday. Her error resulted in a low score of 13.766 for the team, opening the door for Russia to win the gold.

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Shortly afterward, the embarrassed gymnast left the stadium with her trainer and a member of the medical team.

It was later announced that she'd withdrawn from the final because of a "mental issue."

Biles told reporters she pulled out of the Olympics to "focus on my wellbeing... And you know, there's more to life than just gymnastics."

She told the Today Show:

"It is very unfortunate that it has to happen at this stage because I definitely wanted this Olympics to go a little bit better but again, we'll take it one day at a time and we're going to see how the rest goes."

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Her departure drew comparisons to tennis star Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the French Open to focus on her mental health following criticism when she refused to speak to the news media.

Team USA fans complained that Biles spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Others say young athletes like Biles and Osaka are more interested in the instant gratification of social media than the delayed gratification of working hard to achieve greatness.

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One Twitter user wrote: "I knew it as soon as I seen her boyfriend I knew simone was going to. Be trouble."

Another user tweeted: "I'm telling y'all, man, Simone Biles is performing poorly because of having a boyfriend. Less concentration on her art, more concentration on getting some D when she gets home after training lmaooo."

And a third wrote: "blah blah, excuses, blah blah, weight of the world, this is not your first competition, this is not your first olympics, just say you got a shiny new boyfriend, thats all."

Biles, 24, and Owens, 26, have dated for a year. She previously dated fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin.
 

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Barry Booker is on the chopping block after he made "sexist comments" about female gymnasts during a broadcast of a men's basketball game.

The 53-year-old former Vanderbilt basketball player joked during the promo for an upcoming SEC gymnastics event to be covered by the SEC network.

Booker made the comments during Saturday's live broadcast of the Arkansas-Missouri basketball game.

"Honey, I'm going to hang out with the ladies," Booker said live on the air. "I mean, I want to go see some scantily clad girls."

His fellow announcer, Richard Cross, quickly made it clear that he did not condone such behavior. "No!" Cross said, before adding that gymnastics meets "one of the great family atmospheres that you'll find in all of college athletics."

But Booker kept going, clearly thinking his typical male locker room talk was just jokes.

"I'll stay home and watch," he said. "Actually, I'll be on the road. I'll be somewhere. I'll be in my hotel room watching 'Friday Night Heights.'"

After the predictable backlash from the gymnastics community, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey condemned Booker's locker room talk as "inappropriate".

Sankey noted "the SEC's women's gymnastics student-athletes deserve our support for many reasons" and that Booker's comments were highly "inappropriate and do not meet the expectations we have for the SEC network."

The SEC and ESPN networks also issued statements condemning Booker's comments.

Enraged Twitter activists called on Sankey to fire Booker immediately.

Twitter user @MGrizzle wrote:

"Barry Booker's comments about college gymnastics and scantily clad women is totally inappropriate. It may not have been heard widely, but surely the standard for what is acceptable commentary is higher than that."

Former gymnast Sydney McGlone tweeted:

"As a former gymnast in the SEC, I am disappointed in the comments made yesterday towards gymnasts during the ARK/Mizzou basketball game. However, I'm glad the commentator is being reprimanded and we are able to address the issue."

McGlone later told the Washington Post she was disappointed that Booker made the comment "with ill intent and sexualizing of a sport that has already faced so much when it comes to sexual abuse."

Booker was a standout guard who helped lead the Vanderbilt Commodores to the school's only back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (1988 and 1989).

He still holds Vanderbilt's record for 3-point shot percentages. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelors degree in economics. He earned an MBA in finance from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1987.

Booker works for CBS Sports and Fox SportsNet covering local Vanderbilt basketball games in his hometown of Nashville, where he resides with his wife, Rena, and their two sons Clay, 7, and Bryan, 5.