Birthday: March 14, 1997
Who is Simone Biles?
Simone Biles became prominent when she won the 2016 individual gold medal for gymnastics in the all-around event at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She is an American who has joined many competitions in her chosen sport and has acquired many medals from it. As a gymnast, she is great in different categories like floor, vault, and even all-around gymnastics. Her passion for doing the sport earned her a total of 30 medals in both the Olympics and in World Championship competitions. Thus, her popularity begun to surge magnanimously.
5 Facts about Simone Biles
- Simone Biles is a record holder for the greatest number of gold medals by an American woman in the Olympics for just one game.
- She appeared in an American dancing competition which is a television series called “Dancing with the stars”.
- For 3 years, Simone is a world champion in vault, all-around, and floor gymnastics.
- She was considered the top 3 of the world’s decorated gymnasts alongside Vitaly Scherbo from Belarus and Larisa Latynina from Russia.
- She was hailed as the team United States female Olympic athlete of the Year last 2019.
Famous Quotes from Simone Biles
“I would say to always follow your dream. And dream big because my whole career, including any of the things that I've accomplished, I never thought in a million years that I would be here. So it just proves that once you believe in yourself, and you put your mind to something, you can do it.”
“A successful competition for me is always going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever I'm doing. It's not always winning. People, I think, mistake that it's just winning. Sometimes it could be, but for me, it's hitting the best sets I can, gaining confidence, and having a good time and having fun.”
“If you ever have a mistake, you try to just kind of forget about it because if you carry that with you for the rest of the routine, then the rest of your routine might not go as planned. So you just kind of shake it off, and you just continue your routine like you didn't fall.”
Biography of Simone Biles
Childhood and Early Life
Simone Biles was born in Columbus in Ohio on March 14, 1997. Her mother is Shanon Biles while her father is Kelvin Clemons. Both of her parents had a rough way of living. She has three siblings who are Adria, Tevin, and Ashley Biles. Making her childhood lost from parental guidance. Her father was addicted to vices and abandoned them just like that. The same goes for her mother who forgot to do her responsibility to her family due to alcohol and even drug addictions.
Though she lacked the support of her parents, her grandparents were there to raise her. It was Ron Biles who is an air traffic controller back then together with Nellie which is a nurse that brought her life up again.
Simone Biles’ journey to gymnastics begun at the early age of 6. In her childhood, she already showed an impressive talent and passion for the sport. Her first encounter with it is when she is still a daycare student. It happened during a school trip where her teachers are amazed at how well she performed tricks. They implied Simone could have a future in gymnastics.
At age 8 years old, she joined a training program for gymnastics at Bannon’s Gymnastix where Aimee Boorman became her coach. That is when she started to be an official trainee for gymnastics. These accomplishments continue to grow as she stepped on bigger opportunities as well as her career.
In 2011, she competed for the American Classic held in Houston where she bagged 3rd place. At the said competition, she had shown excellence in the vault and balance beam category. Soon after, another chance knocks on her door through USA Classic. This time, she ranked 20 for all round.
In the year 2012, she participated in the American Classic where she ended up first in all rounds. Her way to the National championship was made into reality as she grabbed first place in the US Classic held in Chicago. When she entered the National Championship in 2013, her winning moment gives her a seat to the Senior National Team and World Championship Team.
Her success in the World Championship had been victorious for her. She got the gold medal for the 2014 Gymnastics National Championship and was able to defend her podium for the World Artistry Gymnastics Championships also in 2014.
As she rose to fame, her achievements also pile up. One of the most historic events for her is during the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this competition, she did not just bag the gold podium finish for various events like vault and floor, she also became a record holder at the same time.
Aside from her awards in gymnastics, she also got achievements in other fields. One is her nomination for the James E. Sullivan Award in 2015. Also, she was named in 2014 and 2016 as the “Sportswoman of the Year” that was given by the Women’s Sports Foundation.