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Simone Arianne Biles, more popularly known as Simone Biles, is a 4’8’’ gymnast superstar. She is one of the most decorated gymnasts in recent history and is dubbed by peers and Olympic legends as “the most talented gymnast of all-time”.
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Key Facts & Information
- Simone Biles was born to parents Shanon Biles and Kevin Clemons in Columbus, Ohio on the 14th of March, 1997. She is the third among four children.
- Her mother struggled with drug and alcohol addiction while her father abandoned them, leading social services to place her in foster care together with her three siblings.
- Her maternal grandfather Ron and his wife Nellie stepped in and officially adopted Simone and her younger sister Adria, while their older siblings were left under the care of their great aunt.
- She and her siblings grew up in the north Houston suburb of Spring in Texas.
- Simone discovered gymnastics at age 6 during a school field trip to Bannon’s Gymnastix. She began imitating the moves of the gymnasts which caught the attention of a gym instructor who later on sent a letter to Simone’s parents urging them to enroll her in gymnastics classes.
- At age 8, Simone began working with coach Aimee Boorman and continued this relationship through the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- She regularly trains, clocking in 35 hours of training weekly at the World Champions Centre (WCC), a gym in Spring, Texas founded and owned by her parents.
- In 2011, she competed at the US Classic in Houston, Texas. She finished in 3rd place all-around, winning first on vault and balance beam, fourth on floor exercise, and eighth on uneven bars.
- Later that year, she competed at the 2011 US Classic in Chicago, Illinois and placed 20th all-around, fifth on both balance beam and floor exercise.
- Simone wanted to dedicate more time to practicing, having competed in various competitions during the course of 2011, so she decided to pull out of formal school and switched to homeschooling.
- In 2012, she won first place all-around in the US Classic held in Huntsville, Texas where she placed first in vault, second on floor exercise, third on balance beam, and fourth on uneven bars. This win qualified her for competition at the 2012 US National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
- She then competed at the 2012 US Classic in Chicago where she won first place all-around, bagging first place in vault, second place in floor exercise, and sixth place on the balance beam.
- Her performance during the 2012 US National Championships placed her third all-around, winning first in vault, sixth on floor exercise, balance beams, and uneven bars. This led to her selection as part of the United States Gymnastic Junior Team.
- She was 2 ½ months too young to qualify for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.
- She made her senior level international debut in the 2013 American Cup when she and her teammate Katelyn Ohashi were named as replacements. She finished second all-around behind her teammate.
- She competed at the 2013 City of Jesolo Trophy held in Jesolo, Italy where she won the titles for the all-around, vault, floor exercise, and balance beam.
- She performed poorly during the 2013 US Classic where she injured her ankle while performing her floor routine.
- She won the all-around title during the 2013 US National Championship.
- During the 2013 World Championships, she incorporated a complex flip into her floor routine, a move now known as the “Biles”. She won the all-around title, placing first in floor exercise, second in vault, and third in balance beam.
- She took home the all-around title for the 2014 US Classic in Chicago as well as the 2014 National Championships.
- At the 2014 World Championships, she won the second all-around title, placing first in balance beam and floor exercise, and second in vault.
- During 2015, she won a total of 13 gold medals. She won her third all-around title for both the US National Championships and the World Championships.
- In 2015, she was supposed to attend the University of California, Los Angeles but she forfeited because she decided to do gymnastics professionally. She signed up with the Octagon sports agency.
- In 2016, she competed in the US Classic for only on two events. She took first place in balance beam and ranked fifth in uneven bars.
- She competed at the 2016 US National Championships later on as the current title-holder and won the all-around title yet again, ranking first in vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.
- She led the US Olympics women’s gymnastics team, dubbed as “The Final Five”, in competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics where they dominated and took home many gold medals.
- Simone stands at 4 feet and 8 inches, making her the shortest among all the athletes who represented the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- She was given the honor of being the Team USA flag bearer during the Olympics’ closing ceremony.
- Simone took a self-imposed break of 14 months after the Olympics to give her body rest and to allow for recovery.
- She released a memoir co-written with Michelle Buford titled “Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance” in 2016.
- She released her own line of leotards under GK, a brand known for its gymnastics and cheerleading apparel.
- In November 2017, she returned to training under her new coaches Cecile and Laurent Landi and returned to the competitive scene in July of 2018, winning the US Classic.
- For her second meet, Simone competed at the US National Championships and won all five gold medals, making her the first woman to do so since 1994.
- She is currently enrolled at the University of the People, a tuition-free online university which she is a global ambassador for.
- Simone is a five-time Olympic medalist and the the first female African-American to be an all-around world champion.
- Simone is the first woman gymnast to win World All-Around titles three consecutive times and first American woman in the last 23 years to win three all-round national titles.
- She is the most decorated American gymnast in the World Championship where she has 20 medals in total – 14 gold, three silver, and three bronze. This sets the record for most World Championship gold medals won by a female gymnast.
- She was named the “Sportswoman of the Year” in 2014 by Women’s Sports Foundation.
- The United States Olympic Committee named her Olympic Athlete of the Year in 2015.
- She received the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports ‘Favorite Newcomer’ Award in 2016.
Simone Biles Worksheets
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- Simone Biles Facts
- Simone’s Younger Days
- Champion Training
- Junior Timeline
- Slaying at Seniors
- Simone Says
- Gymnast Queen
- Move Vocabulary
- The Final Five
- Prestigious Contests
- Young Headliner
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