(Times of Israel) – Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles has made a triumphant return to gymnastics after a two-year hiatus, dominating the US Classic to the beat of Israeli pop star Noa Kirel’s Eurovision hit Unicorn.
Accompanied by the track, and with her confidence growing with every rotation, Biles soared to victory in her first meet since the Tokyo Games in 2021, where she struggled with mental health issues and the twisties – a disorienting feeling while in mid-air that leaves gymnasts at greater injury risk when landing.
Her comeback saw her reach an all-around score of 59.100.
“I feel really good about where I am right now, mentally and physically,” Biles said. “I still think there are some things to work on in my routines, but for the first meet back, I would say it went pretty well. I’m very shocked. Surprised.”
While she admitted she is still a little nervous while doing the twisting elements in her routines, she certainly looked comfortable during two hours that offered a taste of what could come in the run-up to Paris.
In a recorded video, Kirel said Biles is a true representation of the song.
“I was so excited and shocked that Simone Biles chose my song, Unicorn, to make her comeback after two years. There is no doubt that she made history and she is amazing and that moved me so much. She represents exactly the values that this song represents, and it’s one of the craziest things that’s happened to me. And how fun it is that she chose this song, my song, and really everything connects with everything she represents and shows to the world. It’s fun to have such female power.”