Simone Biles

Simone Biles
Biles smiling and waving
Personal information
Full nameSimone Arianne Biles
Born (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 22)[1]
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
HometownHouston, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceSpring, Texas, U.S.
Height4 ft 8 in (142 cm)[2]
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international elite
Years on national team2012–16, 2018 – Present (US)
GymWorld Champions Center (current)[3]
Bannon's Gymnastix Inc. (2003–2014)
Head coach(es)Laurent Landi
Former coach(es)Aimee Boorman
ChoreographerDominic Zito
Eponymous skillsBiles (6.4): Yurchenko half-on, front layout salto with double twist off (vault)
Biles (G): double layout half out (floor exercise)

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997)[4] is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, and balance-beam bronze medalist. She was part of the gold-medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[5]

Biles is a four-time World all-around champion (2013–15, 2018), four-time World floor exercise champion (2013–15, 2018), two-time World balance beam champion (2014, 2015), the 2018 World vault champion, a five-time United States national all-around champion (2013–16, 2018), and a member of the gold-medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, and 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Additionally, she is a three-time World silver medalist (2013 and 2014 on vault, 2018 on uneven bars) and a three-time World bronze medalist (2015 on vault, 2013 and 2018 on balance beam). Having won a combined total of twenty-five Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and the third most decorated female gymnast in history.

With her win in Rio, Biles became the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Biles set an American record for most gold medals in women's gymnastics at a single Olympic Games (four). At the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Biles became the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (4) and total World medals (20), as well as the gymnast with the most World gold medals of any gender (14). She also became the tenth gymnast and first American gymnast to win a World medal on every event. Many observers consider her to be the greatest gymnast of all time.[6][7]

Early life and education

Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio,[8] the third of four siblings.[9] Her birth mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for Biles or her other children – Ashley, Tevin, and Adria – due to her drug and alcohol addiction, so the children were in and out of foster care.[9][10][11] Biles' birth father, Kelvin Clemons, abandoned his family, struggled with addictions, and was never present in his daughter's life.[12][10]

With the help of his second wife, Nellie Cayetano Biles, Shanon's father Ron [13] (who has two nearly-adult sons, Ron Jr. and Adam), began temporarily caring for Shanon's children in 2000, in the north Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, after finding out his grandchildren got placed into foster care. In 2003, the couple officially adopted the two youngest children, Simone and Adria, and Ron's sister Harriet, adopted the two oldest.[14][9][15] Biles holds Belize citizenship through her mother and refers to Belize as being her second home.[16] Biles and her family practice Catholicism.[17]

In 2012, Biles switched from public school to home schooling and the change allowed her to increase her training from approximately 20 hours a week to 32 which led to her improved success during the 2012 season. Biles spent all her secondary education as a homeschooler and graduated in the summer of 2015. Biles verbally committed to UCLA on August 4, 2014, announcing her decision on Twitter.[18] She planned to defer enrollment until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On July 29, 2015, she announced that she would turn professional, forfeiting her NCAA eligibility to compete for UCLA.[19] In January 2018, it was announced that Biles had enrolled at the University of the People to study business administration and become the university's brand ambassador.

Other Languages
العربية: سيمون بايلز
asturianu: Simone Biles
azərbaycanca: Simona Baylz
български: Симон Байлс
català: Simone Biles
čeština: Simone Bilesová
Deutsch: Simone Biles
Ελληνικά: Σιμόν Μπάιλς
español: Simone Biles
euskara: Simone Biles
français: Simone Biles
galego: Simone Biles
한국어: 시몬 바일스
հայերեն: Սիմոնե Բայլս
hrvatski: Simone Biles
italiano: Simone Biles
ქართული: სიმონ ბაილზი
latviešu: Simona Bailsa
lietuvių: Simone Biles
magyar: Simone Biles
Nederlands: Simone Biles
polski: Simone Biles
português: Simone Biles
română: Simone Biles
русский: Байлз, Симона
саха тыла: Симона Байлз
Simple English: Simone Biles
српски / srpski: Симон Бајлс
svenska: Simone Biles
українська: Сімона Байлс
Tiếng Việt: Simone Biles