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'I'll never forget this': See the photo that captures the bond between Simone Biles and her coach

Cecile Canqueteau-Landi, a former gymnast, has coached Biles since 2017.
/ Source: TODAY

When Simone Biles withdrew from several events at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, she had the full support of her coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi.

The duo, who have worked together since 2017, share an incredible bond that was captured in a stunning photo taken by photographer Robert Gauthier of the Los Angeles Times just moments after Biles won the bronze medal on the balance beam, the only individual event she competed in at the games.

Individual gymnastic events, Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - 03 Aug 2021
Biles and her coach celebrated in a sweet moment after she won the bronze medal on the balance beam.Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Shutterstock

In the photo, Canqueteau-Landi, a former French gymnast who understands the pressures of competing in the Olympics, cradled Biles' face after she secured the bronze medal. While Biles' coach wore a mask, it was clear she had a massive smile.

Canqueteau-Landi posted the touching photo and a heartfelt message to Biles on her Instagram. "The moment we realized that she had won an amazing bronze medal. The medal that meant so much to both of us," Canqueteau-Landi wrote. "I'll never forget this. Thank you Simone."

Biles responded to the tribute by sending the love right back to her coach.

"My heart, thanks so much Cecile! couldn’t be more grateful to have such an amazing coach & friend!!!!" she wrote.

While she's the most decorated gymnast of all-time, Biles has continued to keep it real and stay humble throughout the Tokyo Olympics. When she was still deciding whether to compete in her final competition, Biles gave a shoutout out to her coach and trainer.

"Forever thankful to have such an amazing support system by my side," she wrote.

After her triumph on Tuesday, Biles told Hoda Kotb why she'll treasure her bronze medal the most.

"It means more than all the golds because I've pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I've even been here," Biles said. "It was very emotional, and I'm just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well."