Simone Biles reveals her aunt died unexpectedly during Tokyo Olympics

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Simone Biles was back in action Tuesfay, Aug 3, in her final individual event - the balance beam - and you can watch the prime-time replay on a live stream, thanks to fuboTV. al.comSimone Biles beam routine prime-time live stream (8/3): How to watch online, TV, time

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Simone Biles has won bronze in the women's balance beam final after pulling out of other events at the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health issues. The star gymnast received a score of 14.000 in her return to competition, placing her behind Chinese gymnasts Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing. CBS NewsSimone Biles wins bronze in balance beam after withdrawing from other Tokyo Olympics events

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Biles' coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi told reporters, "I was like, 'Oh my God. This week needs to be over.'" "I asked her what do you need. And she said, 'I just need some time.' 10TVSimone Biles' aunt died during Tokyo Olympics, coach reveals

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Column: 'I was doing it more for myself': Simone Biles returns to win bronze in balance beam. U.S. gymnast Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the apparatus event final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Los Angeles TimesSimone Biles wins bronze in balance beam at Tokyo Olympics

Gymnastics star Simone Biles revealed Tuesday that her aunt died "unexpectedly" during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Biles, who returned to competition after a week off due to mental health concerns, won a bronze medal on the balance beam on Tuesday. During a press conference afterward, the 24-year-old told reporters about the loss of her aunt on her father's side.

"At the end of the day, people don't understand what we are going through," said Biles. "Two days ago, I woke up and my aunt unexpectedly passed, and it wasn't any easier being here at the Olympic Games."

"People have to realize that, at the end of the day, we're humans, we're not just entertainment," she added. "There are things going on behind the scenes that people have no idea about." 

"I was like, 'Oh my God. This week needs to be over,'" Biles' coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi told reporters, referring to when they learned the news of Biles' aunt. "I asked her, 'What do you need?' And she said, 'I just need some time.' I said, 'You call me, text me if you need anything I'll be here. Whatever that is.' She called her parents. She said, 'There's nothing I can do from over here. So I'm just going to finish my week and when I get home we'll deal with it.'"

Biles cheered from the sidelines as every gymnast on the U.S. women's roster won at least one medal at the Games. 

"She was the best cheerleader. She wanted to be here, she wasn't forced. That was her own will to be here and she was really proud of all of them," Landi said. 

Biles withdrew from four individual finals at the Games, including the all-around individual competition, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. She cited mental health concerns, later explaining that she was suffering from the "twisties" and feared injuring herself during competition. 

When Biles returned for the balance beam final, she did not perform any twists, completing a relatively simple routine. 

"Every day I had to be medically evaluated by the doctors, and then I had two sessions with a sports psychologist which kind of helped keep me more level-headed," said Biles on preparing for beam. "I was cleared to do beam, which I honestly didn't think I'd be cleared to do last night."

The 7-time Olympic medalist wrote on Instagram Stories that she is "leaving Tokyo with a full heart."  

"Not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would go but blessed to represent the USA," she wrote. "I'll forever cherish this unique Olympic experience. Thanks everyone for the endless love and support. I'm truly grateful."

She added, "Leaving Tokyo with 2 more Olympic medals to add to my collection isn't too shabby!" 

American silver medalist Raven Saunders, who made headlines this week after stepping off the podium and lifting her arms above her head to form an "X" with her wrists, also revealed Wednesday that her mother has died. The shot putter tweeted that "my mama was a great woman and will forever live through me. My number one guardian angel."

Media reports said Clarissa Saunders died in Orlando, Florida, where she had been attending Olympic watch parties. Spokesman Mark Adams said the IOC "extends its condolences to Raven and her family."

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Following her bronze medal win on the balance beam on Tuesday, Biles -- arguably the greatest gymnast of all time -- told the media about the loss her family suffered while she was in Japan.

"Two days ago my aunt unexpectedly passed, and that was something I wasn't expecting to happen at the Olympic Games either, so at the end of the day, you have to be a little bit more mindful of what you say online, because you have no idea of what these athletes are going through as well as (in) their sports," Biles said.

Biles didn't compete in four individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics -- the all-around individual competition, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise -- after withdrawing during the women's team final, citing mental health concerns.

She did return for the balance beam final, in which she claimed her second bronze medal in the discipline after her bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.

"Every day I had to be medically evaluated by the doctors, and then I had two sessions with a sports psychologist which kind of helped keep me more level-headed," said Biles, regarding preparations for the beam final.

"I was cleared to do beam, which I honestly didn't think I'd be cleared to do last night."

Meanwhile in an Instagram post, the 24-year-old Biles said she is "leaving Tokyo with a full heart."

"Not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would go but blessed to represent the USA," wrote Biles. "I'll forever cherish this unique Olympic experience. thanks everyone for the endless love and support. I'm truly grateful."

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Her silver medal in the team event and bronze in the balance beam means Biles has now won seven Olympic medals in her career.

She also added: "Leaving Tokyo with 2 more Olympic medals to add to my collection isn't too shabby!"

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Taylor Swift sparks surprising fan reaction after emotional tribute

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Taylor Swift is clearly a fan of the Olympics and a big supporter of the US team, especially newly minted bronze medalist Simone Biles.

The singer recently narrated a beautiful tribute to the athlete ahead of her performance on the balance beam for NBC, which Simone reacted to with, "I'm crying, how special. I love you @taylorswift13," on Twitter.

However, Taylor's emotional response sparked the kind of fan reaction that no one really saw coming.

She tweeted, "I cried watching YOU. I feel so lucky to have gotten to watch you all these years, but this week was a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We all learned from you. Thank you."

While most had teary-eyed reactions, several of her fans, dubbed "Swifties," responded to the Love Story singer's tweet by making viral meme edits out of an old picture of her bent over while at a photoshoot.

Many of her fans inserted the photo into pictures of Olympic events, such as featuring her at the starting line of a race or the top of an uneven bars routine.

One fan shared a compilation of Taylor edits performing gymnastics events, writing, "Taylor look you competed in the olympics too."

Another posted similar images, showing her in the middle of a weightlifting routine and even on top of a table tennis table, writing, "I mean you were there too so you would know."

The memes elicited a strong reaction from the rest of her followers, with one commenting, "Plsss the way she might ACTUALLY see this and realise how unhinged we are as a fandom."

One fan even tweeted, "And she won the gold medal," in response to one of the images, to which another said, "AS SHE SHOULD."

Taylor hasn't reacted to the memes yet, but she does maintain a close connection with her fandom through her intimate and warm music and behavior.

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