Simone Biles is the gymnastics GOAT - but it seems as though she wouldn't wish her life on her daughter.
She really didn't hold back...
Simone Biles is an American treasure.
At the ripe age of twenty-three, Simone has quickly become one of the most talented and successful gymnasts in the world.
She rose to fame in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
via: GettyHaving practiced gymnastics since the age of 6, Biles has grown and worked hard to become a 5-time Olympic medalist and fourteen-time world champion.
Though life hasn't always been easy for Simone.
When she was 6, Simone and her younger sister, Adria, were adopted by their maternal grandparents.Her grandfather, Ron, and grandmother, Nellie, took the girls in as their own, and even suggested that they call them "mom" and "dad." Speaking to Texas Monthly, Simone recalled the moment that her parents permitted for their titles to be changed: "She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us mom and dad.' I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘mom, dad, mom, dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ "
She started practicing gymnastics at a young age.
Biles went from strength to strength.
via: YouTubeWith continual training from her coach, Aimee Boorman, Simone went on to compete in, and win, fourteen world championships. Despite her small 4 foot, 8 inch frame, Simone's explosive energy, dazzling performances, and outstanding gymnastic abilities made her larger than life and quickly drew in attention from all over the world.
She has grown to become one of our country's greatest Olympic champions.
via: GettyIn 2016, Biles won four gold medals at her first Olympic Games in Rio: 3 individual and 1 team, tying her with 4 other gymnasts for the Olympic record for the most gold medals won by a female gymnast in a single game.
After the Olympics, however, Simone took a year out.
via: GettySimone was becoming burnt out, and she took the decision to step out of the gym for twelve months, telling The Guardian that “I was so physically exhausted that I needed the break. Mentally and physically – I had earned it."
She has been open about attending therapy.
But, in typical Biles fashion, the gymnast came back in full force.
The 2018 World Championships were Biles' grand return to competition after her year out and, despite a few falls during her performances, she came out on top.
The margin of victory, even accounting for Biles' first falls in more than sixty career routines in the Olympics or world championships, marked the largest of her 4 all-around world titles.
And then, the gymnast returned to our headlines.
via: YouTubeAt the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, the 5-time Olympic medalist made history by becoming the first-ever gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam in a match.
And she didn't stop there...
via: YouTubeThe very next day, Biles went on to become the first woman to perfect the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.
And one of these moves may even be named after the gymnast.
via: GettyAccording to Team USA, if Simone replicates the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the international meet in October, the move will be named after her - The Biles.
And, of course, Biles has remained as humble as ever.said: "It wasn't as good as in training. I'm just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that's all I could worry about. So I was really happy."
Her sheer talent is breathtaking.
sometimes i'm like oh man being a comedy writer is so hard all the jokes have been done and then simone biles is ju… https://t.co/kHVY1yoGbD— Rachel Wenitsky (@Rachel Wenitsky)1565581994.0
We can't take our eyes off her...
National Gymnastics Day 🤎 https://t.co/oNYZBzvXZc— Simone Biles (@Simone Biles)1600554371.0
But this week, Simone has spoken out on a much more controversial issue.
3 years ago, USA Gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar was jailed for his sexual assaults against a series of young athletes.
The horrific story is told in Netflix documentary Athlete A.
But for Biles, this isn't enough.
And she's spoken out on the subject this week.
"It's far from over."
"There's still a lot of questions that still need to be answered."
"Just who knew what, when? You guys have failed so many athletes — and most of us underage."
"You guys don't think that's a bigger problem?"
"We bring them medals. We do our part."
"You can't do your part in return? It's just, like, it's sickening."
And Biles has said she wouldn't let her own daughter compete in US gymnastics.
"Because I don't feel comfortable enough, because they haven't taken accountability for their actions and what they've done."
"And they haven't ensured us that it's never going to happen again."
We can't say we blame her.