COLUMBUS (WCMH) — United States Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles is set to return to competition this weekend at the U.S. Classic in Columbus.
We all fell in love with the pint-size acrobatic explosive gymnast at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she struck gold in the individual-all around finals.
Now she is back. Biles was born here in Columbus, and says her dad calls her a baby Buckeye. That’s why this comeback is special–she’s back at home.
At 21 years old, she says she’s more confident in herself and ready to make a second run for first place as she sets her eyes on Tokyo 2020.
“I try not to put to much expectations on myself just because I know that it is my first time out here again in over two years, so just go out there and lay it all on the table,” said Biles.
In an open practice, Biles got a chance to size up the competition as she gets ready to compete at the U.S Classic on Saturday.
The Olympian will compete in the all-arounds, the last qualifying meet for the U.S Championships.
“For this particular competition I still have a lot of nerves that I need to get out in the trainings that we have to come,” said says.
All eyes will be on Biles as she takes on the uneven bars. An event she says she’s struggled with in the past. But with the help of her new coach, Laurent Landi, Biles hopes to dominate.
“I think as a young adult like she said, I think she needs to see this comeback as much more personal then it use to be before and she needs to do it for herself,” said Landi.
Biles says she is healthier and stronger than she was in 2016. And she hopes to show the world that she still has it.
“I want to go out there and be Simone and have fun and do the gymnastics like I love to do and use to be,” she says.
The U.S Classic will take place at the Schottenstein Saturday night and will air on NBC4 on Sunday.