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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.”

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