Biles hires Laurent Landi as new coach as she returns to training

Less than a week after announcing her return to training, four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is reported to have hired Laurent Landi as her new coach.

Biles, who hasn’t competed since the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is slated to begin her training on Nov. 1 with the expectation that she will return to competition in 2018.

Landi has spent time as the coach for two-time Olympic medalist Madison Kocian, who was a teammate with Biles as a member of the “Final Five” in 2016. He is known for his strength in training gymnasts on the uneven bars, which Kocian won a silver medal on in Rio.

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That apparatus is one Biles is hoping Landi can help her improve upon, as it was the only event where Biles did not advance to the finals in Rio.

“That is his specialty, so hopefully I will become a better bars swinger, and confidence-wise, I will improve,” Biles told the Houston Chronicle.

Biles had previously been coached by Aimee Boorman throughout her career, but Boorman moved away from their training facilities in Texas to Florida following the Olympics.

Landi, who was coaching at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, will work with Biles out of her family’s World Champions Centre gym in Montgomery County, Texas.

While Biles stated that she hopes for a return next July at the U.S. Classics meet, her ultimate goal is preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I’ve traveled so much that it will be good to be back home and be in a routine,” she said. “It will be a little scary at first because expectations will be so very big. It’s a comeback and that takes time. But I’m excited about it.”

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