Los Angeles - Olympic gymnastics queen Simone Biles has appointed a new coach as
she begins her comeback to the sport after a year-long break, US media
reported on Tuesday.
Biles, the reigning all-around Olympic champion and 10-time World
Championship gold medallist, has hired France's Laurent Landi as she
begins her journey towards the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The 20-year-old superstar took a sabbatical from gymnastics following
her performances at the Rio de Janeiro games last year, where she won
four gold medals and a bronze.
The change of coach comes after former mentor Aimee Boorman, who
worked with Biles for more than a decade, relocated to Florida from
Biles said she was drawn to Landi through his work with USA team-mate
Madison Kocian, who won a silver medal on the uneven bars in Rio.
The uneven bars was the only event in which Biles failed to reach the final in Brazil.
"That is his specialty, so hopefully I will become a better bars
swinger, and confidence-wise, I will improve," Biles told the Houston
Biles said she had also been impressed with the Frenchman's ability to put athletes at ease during competition.
"He does a good job not letting pressure get to the athletes," she
told the Chronicle. "You can see some coaches get stressed but he
Biles' 14 months off since the Olympics has included travel,
sponsorship work and a stint on reality television competition "Dancing
With the Stars."
She told the Chronicle she is looking forward to returning to competition, most likely in July 2018.
"The time off has been really good," Biles said. "It's been exciting
to get to do things that I never would have had the opportunity to do,
and the time off was good mentally and physically.
"But I am committed to going back to the gym and starting the entire process and working back up to where I was."