It's almost showtime for Simone Biles, and she's thanking the people who helped get her there.
Biles, 24, documented Team USA gymnastics' podium training on Thursday in Tokyo ahead of the start of the competition at the Olympic Games this weekend. In addition to photos with her teammates, including Jordan Chiles, Biles also posed with her coaches and sent them a message of thanks.
"S/O to the best coaches for sacrificing so much for us to be able to reach out dreams," Biles wrote alongside the photo of herself, Chiles, and coaches Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi. "It doesn't go unnoticed. So thankful for you guys."
The qualifying round for women's gymnastics is Sunday, followed by the team medal competition on Tuesday. Thursday's podium training gave the athletes a chance to practice their skills at their Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
If you're a Simone Biles fan (and, let's be honest, who isn't?), you're probably just as excited as I am that the Tokyo Olympics are starting this week. With the opening ceremony already underway, the USA gymnastics team is getting ready to dominate—but when can you watch them on TV?
This year, there are plenty of ways to watch the Games, whether you're ready to cheer along in real time or primetime. From TV channels to apps to streaming services, it's easier than ever to customize your viewing schedule this summer, so you won't miss a single flip.
Here's all the USA Gymnastics info you need to catch your favorite athletes live this July and August:
Where can I watch the Olympics? The Olympics this year will run from Friday, July 23rd to Sunday, August 8th. If you're looking to catch the Games live, you can find most of the gymnastics events on NBC.
You'll also be able to stream all of Team USA gymnastics events through Peacock, NBC's streaming service, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app. Or, you can find recorded events online at NBCOlympics.com.
The site also hand picks the best highlights, in case you just want a reel of Team USA's best hits on the uneven bars, the vault, and more. Right now, there are also plenty of training clips available, in case you want to catch up on the athletes' last minute Tokyo preparations.
When do the Olympics start? The Tokyo Olympic Games will kick off at 7:00 a.m. EST on Friday, July 23rd with the opening ceremony. NBC will also air the opening ceremony again on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. EST.
But you won't see any Team USA gymnastics members there. Simone Biles mentioned on her Instagram that they'll be absent from the opening ceremony to prep for their first competition on Saturday.
The trouble started early. A step out of bounds on floor exercise here. An extra hop on vault there.
Over the course of two hours Sunday, the mistakes kept piling up, chipping away at the aura USA Gymnastics has built over the past decade. Not even the greatest of all time was immune to the realities of a sport where perfection is unattainable.
For 11 years, the Americans flirted with it, at least from a competitive standpoint, flying all over the globe, then flying back home with their suitcases stuffed with gold.
It still might happen at the Tokyo Olympics. But for the first time in a long time, it appears it won't happen without a fight.
The Russian Olympic Committee team pulled off a stunner in qualifying, posting a top score of 171.629, more than a full point ahead of the U.S. total of 170.562.
While reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles topped the all-around and teammate Sunisa Lee came in second, the Americans found themselves looking up at another name on the scoreboard in the team standings for the first time since the 2010 world championships.
"This was not the finals," U.S. high-performance director Tom Forster said. "This was getting into the finals. So this might be a great awakening for us and we'll take advantage of it."
Forster raised eyebrows following Olympic Trials last month when he said taking the top four finishers in the all-around in rank over a squad that could potentially score a bit higher by taking a specialist or two didn't matter. He reasoned that sacrificing a tenth or two here or there wasn't going to matter based on the history of blowout wins by the Americans at world championships since he took over in 2018.
"We thought it was a good order, and I still feel good about it," Forster said, who later added, "It will all work out."
It always has since the 2011 world championships. Everything will be reset for the finals, when the format changes to three-up/three-count. The pressure will be greater. And the Americans have found a way to thrive under it.
Inside a largely empty Ariake Gymnastics Center, they finally faltered -- at least by the program's remarkable standards.
Not even Biles was immune.
While Biles topped the all-around with a total of 57.731 and advanced to the finals on multiple events, it didn't come easy. She stepped all the way off the mat following a tumbling pass on her floor exercise, then basically did the same on vault. She responded with a solid set on uneven bars, but a spectacular beam routine ended with her taking three major steps backward following her dismount, something Forster said he's never seen her do.
Biles, 24, who came to Japan as the face of the U.S. Olympic movement and possibly the Games themselves, saluted the judges then walked off the podium with a smile that looked like a combination of relief, sarcasm and frustration.
Simone Biles was pulled from the team competition here Tuesday after an awkward, low-scoring attempt on vault, leaving the United States without its biggest star in what ultimately proved to be a silver-medal finish behind Russia's gold.
Biles bailed out on her expected vault, attempting just a Yurchenko 1.5. She still needed a massive bounce/stumble upon landing.
She briefly left the arena floor with a USA Gymnastics trainer only to quickly return with her wrists wrapped for an apparent return to the uneven bars, the Americans' second rotation. She then unwrapped them and put on warm-ups.
Biles later said that she was dealing with a number of mental health issues, including an intense pressure to achieve perfection and fear of how she would be judged by the public at large.
When she couldn’t complete the Yurchenko 2.5, she realized she would only hurt the team by continuing to compete and that wasn’t fair to the others.
“I’m not in the right headspace,” Biles said. “I’m not going to lose a medal for this country and for these girls. They worked too hard ... it's not worth it, especially when you have three amazing athletes who can step up."
Biles said that she would be working on her mental health the next few days and hoped to still be able to complete in the all-around competition on Thursday and in the four individual event finals in which she qualified.
Her coach said that she would be getting professional help first thing Wednesday morning here in Japan.
"I'm going to focus on my well-being," Biles said. "I am more than just a gymnast."