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What Time Is Simone Biles Competing?

Laura Sanders

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What Time Is Simone Biles Competing?

US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the Women's Balance Beam final today. The 24-year-old had to pull out of the women's team final on Wednesday due to mental health concerns. But she's back and going for gold.

The 24-year-old is one of the biggest gymnastic stars in the world right now. She has a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, making her the athlete with the most medals from gymnastics.

Just a few months before the start of the Tokyo Games, Biles pulled off a never before seen move which left everybody in awe.

Biles won four Olympic gold medals at Rio in 2016 in the team event, the individual all-around, the vault, and the floor exercise, as well as a bronze medal in the balance beam.

USA's Simone Biles prepares for the Women's Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre. (Credit: PA)
USA's Simone Biles prepares for the Women's Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre. (Credit: PA)

In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Biles has qualified for four disciplines in gymnastics: the All Round, the Vault, the Uneven Bars, the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise.

What time is Simone Biles competing today?

Simone Biles is due to compete at the Ariake Gymnastics Center at 5:50pm local time (9:50am BST).

Also going for the gold medal is Team USA's Sunisa Lee, Canada's Elisabeth Black, China's Xijing Tiang and Chenchen Giuan, Japan's Urara Ashikawa, the ROC's Vladislava Urazova, and Brazil's Flavia Saraiva.

Simone Biles prepares to compete in the Women's Balance Beam final. (Credit: PA)
Simone Biles prepares to compete in the Women's Balance Beam final. (Credit: PA)

How much are US athletes paid for winning medals?

If Biles takes away a gold medal today, she could be cashing in on a £27,000 prize. For a silver medal, Team USA athletes are paid £17,000, and for a bronze it's £10,800.

Not all athletes are paid for winning medals at the Olympics though. Team GB athletes don't get any cash rewards for bringing home the medals. On the other hand, the country which pays the most to athletes who win medals at the Olympics is, somewhat surprisingly, Singapore.

Topics: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Laura Sanders
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