July 16, 2024
Simone Biles

Simone Arianne Biles, currently the most accomplished gymnast in the world, was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Her early life was marked by challenges, as her parents grappled with substance addiction. Consequently, she spent a period in foster care. When she was just three years old, Simone Biles found a loving and stable home when she was adopted by her grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie. Alongside her sister Adria, they provided the nurturing environment needed for her growth. Her other siblings were also adopted, with her grandaunt and Ron Biles’ sister taking them into their care.

Simone Biles spent her childhood in Ron Biles’ home in Spring, Texas. She still has roots in Houston and has proclaimed to always have a home in the area. As a six-year-old, Simone Biles was a “very brave child” and possessed high amounts of energy. She has used this energy to her advantage in her glorious gymnastics career, which had a unique start.

The genesis of Simone Biles’ gymnastics career
During a visit to a gym as part of a daycare trip, six-year-old Simone Biles watched the older girls perform their routine. She proceeded to execute some of the wildest tricks that stunned the teenagers. They wrote a note for the kid’s guardians to enroll her in a gymnastics program. Ron Biles took heed of the note and admitted Simone Biles at Bannon’s Gymnastix under Coach Aimee Boorman.

She quickly became his star pupil and dazzled everyone with her exuberance and boundless energy. Later, Biles was diagnosed with ADHD, which gave everyone an insight into her hyperactive self. Thankfully, Nellie Biles was a trained nurse and helped her address the problems related to her condition. She asked Simone to make a list of her priorities for the years to come. She heeded her advice and made a note, which included her gymnastic ambition to make it to the Junior National Team.

Simone Biles earned a major milestone in 2012
Simone Biles made her debut in junior national competitions in 2011. She participated in the American Classic in Minnesota but failed to earn a spot on the U.S. junior national team after finishing 14th in the all-around event. However, she didn’t allow this setback to overwhelm her and tried again the following year. In 2012, Simone Biles secured all-around titles in both the American Classic and U.S. Classic.

She caught the attention of many with her spectacular routine on the vault, finally making it onto the junior national team and achieving a significant goal on her checklist. However, as we all know, more glory awaited her in 2013.

Simone Biles’ breakthrough at U.S. National Championships and World Championships
Simone Biles sacrificed her ordinary teenage years to prepare for the National and World Championships in 2013. She gave up her friends and social life to spend six hours training in the gym. Despite putting in all the hard work, Simone Biles suffered a major setback at the 2013 U.S. Classic, where she lost control of the beam and fell to the floor. Undeterred, she began rebuilding her training from the ground up and, in just three weeks, was back on track at the USA Gymnastics National Championship.

The legendary athlete in the making showcased her true potential and secured victory in the Championship. This achievement earned her an automatic promotion to the Senior U.S. National Team. She trained with her new team for the next two months before heading to Antwerp for the World Gymnastics Championships. It was there that Biles achieved her first international victory and became the World Champion.

Simone Biles’ successful world title defense in 2014
Before the year 2014, Simone Biles and her coach, Aimee Boorman, relocated to the Word Champions Centre in Biles’s home turf. The iconic gymnast experienced a shoulder injury at the beginning of the year but made a swift recovery before the U.S. Classic, where she once again showcased her dominance. Biles continued her winning streak to the World Championships and successfully defended her world title.

She became the first American gymnast since Shannon Miller to win back-to-back all-around titles in the World Championships. Additionally, Biles secured the gold medal in the beam and floor events, along with a bronze in the vault event.

Simone Biles won three consecutive world all-around titles in 2015
Simone Biles made history once again in 2015 by securing her third consecutive U.S. title. This remarkable feat had previously been accomplished only by the legendary gymnast Kim Zmeskal in 1990-92. She continued to add to her impressive list of accomplishments at the 2015 World Championships.

Simone Biles contributed significantly to the U.S. tally by securing four gold medals in the team, floor, balance beam, and all-around events. Additionally, she earned a bronze medal in the vault, repeating her achievement from the previous year. These victories resounded through the gymnastics world, conveying that she was prepared for the most significant challenge yet.

Simone Biles’ Unstoppable Dominance at the 2016 Rio Games
When the ace gymnast first made her debut at the Rio Olympics, she was fresh off more victories at the Pacific Rim Championships and the 2016 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships. She exceeded all expectations and led the U.S. gymnastics team to victory. She also won four individual gold medals in the all-around, floor, vault, and team events.

Simone Biles could have won another gold in the balance beam had she not lost her nerves under pressure. Nevertheless, she still created the American record for most medals earned in an Olympics. Thereafter, she took a deserved break from the competitions and went on a U.S. tour on behalf of USA Gymnastics. She returned in 2018 and made a shocking revelation.

Simone Biles makes a brave reveal
Simone Biles started the year in 2018 by confronting a hidden truth. She shared that she, too, had been the victim of sexual exploitation at the hands of Larry Nassar. It took a lot of courage on her part to share this story. Nassar was a USA team doctor who had assaulted countless young gymnasts during his tenure. He was later charged and sentenced to prison.

Biles competed in the U.S. Classic and World Championship in 2018 and won multiple medals despite suffering from a kidney stone. These medals helped her to create more mind-blowing records in the 2019 World Championships.

Simone Biles ascends as the most medaled gymnast
The 2019 World Championships took place in Stuttgart, Germany. Simone Biles secured five gold medals in the team, vault, all-around, floor exercise, and balance beam events. These medals brought her total count to 25, solidifying her as the most decorated athlete in the history of the World Championships.

The previous record holder was Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus, who had earned 24 medals. Simone Biles also became the first woman in the sport’s history to win five gold medals in a single championship. However, in the following year, Simone Biles experienced her first mental breakdown.

Championing mental health
When Biles came back for the U.S. Classics the next year, she had perfected the Yurchenko double back vault. This is considered the most dangerous and difficult trick to perform. Later that year, Biles earned the Greatest Of All Time title for the first time after consecutively winning her seventh all-around victory.

However, the stress of the competition got to the legend at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She won a silver medal in the team and a bronze medal in the balance beam. She made the decision to withdraw from several events, citing mental health issues. The athlete made the decision after losing all spatial awareness while attempting a dangerous trick. She took a break for the next two years and gave all her attention to recovery.

Simone Biles makes a comeback
The year 2023 has been a year of pure bliss for Simone Biles. She married her longtime NFL beau, Jonathan Owens, and made a return to the elite gymnastics. In early August, the gymnastic GOAT gave a stupendous performance at the 2023 Core Hydration Classic and won the top scores in multiple events.

She earned her personal best score of 59.100 in the all-around event, showcasing that the hiatus had not impacted her performance. Her legacy is still being written as she continues to add one achievement after another.

Simone Biles’ medal-winning performance at the 2023 U.S. Classic
The 26-year-old gymnast recreated the magic and took everyone back to her performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics. No one could believe that she was absent from the competitions for two years. When she hit the mat and earned the top score, Biles became very emotional. It was the culmination of two year’s worth of recovery and therapy for her. She said, “I feel really good about where I am right now, mentally and physically,” after posting three top scores of the U.S. Classics.

Now, she is preparing to continue this streak into the National Championships and to the Worlds in September. She is poised to break the 90-year-old record and win her 8th all-around world title this year. Simone Biles has changed the face of USA Gymnastics like no one has ever done before. She deserves every praise and truly is one of the most iconic trailblazers of the sporting world.

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