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Who Needs Gravity? Welcome Back, Simone Biles

After a two-year hiatus, the gold-medal-winning gymnast is competing again.

Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles is gearing up to compete again after a two-year hiatus. On July 28, she'll participate in the all-around and the tune-up meet at the U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio, the city of her birth (where she lived until age 3).

Biles, now 21, took home three gold medals from the Rio Olympics in 2016. <br><br>&quot;She&#39;s nervous because it&#39;s been two years,&quot; <a href="https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2018/07/25/simone-biles-gymnastics-comeback-meet/" target="_blank">said Biles&#39; coach Laurent Landi</a> of her first meet since. &quot;She&#39;s excited because she&#39;s ready to go and do the job.&quot; Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Biles, now 21, took home three gold medals from the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"She's nervous because it's been two years," said Biles' coach Laurent Landi of her first meet since. "She's excited because she's ready to go and do the job."

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Her hiatus has been no vacation. In the two years since Rio, Biles has competed on &quot;Dancing With the Stars,&quot; published her <a href="http://www.simonebiles.com/book" target="_blank">first book</a> (which was later made into a Lifetime movie), and won an ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete. And, like hundreds of other U.S. gymnasts, she also <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/simone-biles-says-she-was-molested-gymnastics-doctor-larry-nassar-n837806" target="_blank">spoke out against Larry Nassar</a>, the former team doctor and serial abuser of Biles and many other young athletes under his care. Gerlach Delissen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Her hiatus has been no vacation. In the two years since Rio, Biles has competed on "Dancing With the Stars," published her first book (which was later made into a Lifetime movie), and won an ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete. And, like hundreds of other U.S. gymnasts, she also spoke out against Larry Nassar, the former team doctor and serial abuser of Biles and many other young athletes under his care. Biles&#39; courage and strength are unquestionable. Watching her routines, the rules of physics seem not to apply. See her gravity-defying career as she gets ready to wow the world one more time. Tim Clayton - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Biles' courage and strength are unquestionable. Watching her routines, the rules of physics seem not to apply. See her gravity-defying career as she gets ready to wow the world one more time. HEAD START BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images HEAD START COURAGE TO SOAR Maddie Meyer/Getty Images COURAGE TO SOAR UP, UP, AND AWAY Tim Clayton - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images UP, UP, AND AWAY BAR NONE Maddie Meyer/Getty Images BAR NONE FLYING HIGH Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images FLYING HIGH VAULT Alex Livesey/Getty Images VAULT AIRBORNE Alex Livesey/Getty Images AIRBORNE MUSCLE MEMORY EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images MUSCLE MEMORY TAKING FLIGHT Tim Clayton - Corbis TAKING FLIGHT UNPARALLELED Tim Clayton - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images UNPARALLELED IN THE CLOUDS Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images IN THE CLOUDS LOOK! NO HANDS! Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images LOOK! NO HANDS!
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Lars Baron/Getty Images Alex Livesey/Getty Images THERE&#39;S NO DIVING BOARD Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images THERE'S NO DIVING BOARD BALANCE THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images BALANCE TOE TOUCH IN THE SKY Clive Brunskill/Getty Images TOE TOUCH IN THE SKY STICKING THE LANDING EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images STICKING THE LANDING



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