Simone Biles childhood and career
DREAM TEEN Magazine selects Simone Biles as our pick.
Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Her birth mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for Simone or her other children – a girl (seven years older than Simone), a boy (five years older), and Adria (two years younger) – due to her drug and alcohol addiction. Shanon’s father, Ron, and his second wife, Nellie Biles, who had 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. In 2003 the couple officially adopted the two youngest children, Simone and Adria, and Ron’s sister, Jean, adopted the two eldest. Ron, Simone’s adopted father, is originally from Haiti, and is a retired air traffic controller, and Nellie Cayetano, Simone’s adopted mother, emigrated from Belize, and is the former co-owner of a chain of nursing homes. Simone Biles spent all her secondary education as a homeschooler and graduated in the summer of 2015. She verbally committed to UCLA on August 4, 2014, announcing her decision on Twitter. 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. Her sister Adria is also a gymnast. Biles is an American artistic gymnast. She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was also part of the gold medal- winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also won the bronze medal for the balance beam during the Olympics. Biles is a three-time world all-around champion (2013–2015), three-time world floor champion (2013–2015), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015), four-time United States national all-around champion (2013–2016), and a member of the gold medalwinning American team at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. With a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles ranks as the most decorated American gymnast (Shannon Miller held this record for 20 years). By winning five medals, Biles has tied the record of most medals won by an American gymnast in a single Olympics, along with Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Shannon Miller in 1992 and Nastia Liukin in 2008. With 4 Olympic gold medals, she has set a new American record for the most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Game. Biles is one of only 5 women to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games; the others are Larisa Latynina, Věra Čáslavská, Ludmilla Tourischeva, and Lilia Podkopayeva. On Sunday August 21st, gymnast Simone Biles received the honor of carrying the flag in the closing ceremony. This will be an indelible memory for her and family. She’s only the second gymnast ever to serve as the U.S. flag bearer, and the first ever female gymnast. Gymnast Alfred Jochim carried the flag into the opening ceremony at the 1936 Olympic Games. Biles’ mother and coach sent sweet messages of congratulations after the announcement. 19-year-old Biles entered the Rio Olympics already a gymnastics legend: four-time national all-around champion, three-time reigning world allaround champion, most decorated U.S. female gymnast ever with 14 total world championship medals, and first AfricanAmerican gymnast to win the world all-around title.
Olympic.com reported, “It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles told TeamUSA.org. “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”