Simone Biles: biography and latest news!

  • Gymnast
  • Born on Friday 14 March 1997
  • Country : United States

Born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio, Simone Biles was placed in foster care with her three siblings. Her drug addicted and alcoholic mother could not take care of them. Her grandparents adopted her and she discovered gymnastics at the age of six and was soon noticed. Two years later, she met her mentor, coach Aimee Boorman. Her “second mother” as she calls her, took her under her wing and made her rub shoulders with the stars.

Thus, at sixteen, she became world champion for the first time, in 2013. This is the beginning of a great story. At ease in all disciplines, on floor and beam, she repeated the feat in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019. Five-time world champion, six-time USA national champion in the all-around, she exploded all records, including those of the Olympic Games. In 2016 at the Rio Olympics, she made history by becoming a four-time Olympic champion. After a year off, she returned to the spotlight at the 2018 World Championships in Doha where she won six medals, four of them gold. She dominates the sport by becoming the most decorated gymnast of all time, and is rewarded with the creation of a gymnastics move named after her: the Biles, a double layout with half twist.

An athlete on the national gymnastics team since 2011, she revealed in January 2018 that she had been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor.

Selected for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, she withdraws after a disappointing performance, to preserve her mental health.

On the private side, the gymnast is in a relationship with the Brazilian athlete Arthur Mariano.