Only 19 years old and already given the title of the world’s greatest gymnast Simone Biles is taking Rio by storm.
Many people have been wondering where has this 4-foot-9 girl has been the last few years. In 2012 Biles was too young to qualify for the Olympic team.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Simone, who at the age of 3 went to live with her maternal grandfather Ron and his wife Nellie. Simone biological mother and father had a struggle with dugs and were unable to care for her and her younger sister Adria.
If you ask Simone today she will tell you that Ron and Nellie are her parents without a doubt.
From a tender age Simone has always messed around doing flips in her living room. A few years later her parents signed her up for gymnastics classes.
Beginning her training for classes is where she met her coach who she says taught her everything.
Amiee Boorman took on Simone and together they would climb the gymnastics rankings.
Over the years Simone was racking up medals in World Championships. Biles knows that she is very fortunate to have Boorman by her side even calling her “my second mom. Below Simone states :
“I always say she’s like the second mom to me because she’s been there since I was like 8 years old, and so that’s 10 years that she’s always been by my side,” Biles said. “I’m very fortunate to have a coach that I got to stay with all this time. Every year the bond gets stronger and better and we understand each other more. And it’s like she can tell if I walk into the gym what kind of mood I’m in, what she has to fix for the practice I need or how I’m feeling. So it’s really nice to have someone that can just like read me just right off the bat when I walk in the gym.”
Outside of gymnastics Simone takes pride and loves spending time with family and friends. Her includes her parents, Ron and Nellie, two older brothers, a younger sister who’s also a gymnast, Adria, and four German shepherds: Maggie, Atlas, Lily and Bella.
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