Simone Biles is returning to competition.

The 26-year-old gymnast, who last competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, will be part of the field at the U.S. Classic outside Chicago in early August, USA Gymnastics announced Wednesday. The seven-time Olympic medalist withdrew from multiple events in Tokyo in order to protect her mental health, but still won a bronze medal on balance beam and cheered her teammates on as they won silver in the team event.

Biles is arguably the greatest gymnast of all time and one of the greatest Olympians in history. Her sheer dominance over the sport can only be expressed in numbers.


That’s the number of gold medals Biles won at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She grabbed gold in floor exercise, vault, all-around and team with one bronze (balance beam). This is the highest number of Olympic golds in a single Games for a U.S. gymnast ever.


Just 16 years old at the time, Biles burst onto the scene at the 2013 Antwerp World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She won two gold medals (all-around and floor exercise) a silver in vault, and a bronze in the balance beam. Of course, Biles wouldn’t be done winning world medals …


In five world championships, Biles has an incredible 25 medals, most among men or women. Her gold medals alone would put her second on the women’s all-time overall list, one behind Svetlana Khorkina with 20. As it stands, Biles’ 19 golds are more than double the total of the next-most-decorated women’s athletes (Khorkina, Gina Gogean and Larisa Latynina have nine apiece).


Biles is the first woman to win five all-around World Championship titles — three in a row from 2013-15, then back to back titles in 2018-19. On top of that, in 2018 she won despite suffering through a kidney stone.


Gymnasts are always pushing the boundaries of new skills, and Biles is no exception. There are four gymnastics elements named after Biles — two on floor exercises, one on vault and one on balance beam.

Data from ESPN Stats and Information was used in this report.

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Simone Biles’ incredible dominance, by the numbers