15 Fun Facts That Will Make You Love Simone Biles Even More


All eyes will be on Simone Biles at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and she’s ready. In May, the 24-year-old gymnast became the first woman ever to land the the Yurchenko double pike in competition. Shortly after, she officially earned her ticket to the Summer Games and she’s set to the lead the six-woman U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to gold once again. Ahead of the competition, here’s an overview of everything you need to know about Simone on and off the gym floor.


She’s always been a natural daredevil.


Simone was a natural gymnast who started teaching herself to flip backwards off mailboxes as a little kid, according to NBC. She got her start in the sport of gymnastics at 6 years old, after a daycare field trip to a gym. Once she saw older girls doing their routines, she was hooked and started training right away.



She was adopted as a young child.

Born in 1997 in Columbus, Ohio, Simone was taken out of the home of her birth mother, who struggled with addiction, and placed in foster care with her three siblings. Her maternal grandfather, Air Force veteran Ron and his wife, retired nurse Nellie, stepped in to take care of the kids, officially adopting Simone at 6 years old as well as her little sister Adria. Their great aunt took in Simone’s older siblings.

During the Olympics, a commentator refused to call her adoptive parents anything but her “grandparents,” for which he later apologized. Simone responded: “My parents are my parents and that’s it.”



In Rio, she was the shortest athlete of all 555 U.S. Olympians.


Standing at just 4-feet-9-inches, Simone was the shortest out of all 555 athletes representing the United States in Rio in 2016. Here, she poses next to volleyball player David Lee. At 6-feet-8-inches, Lee is a whopping two feet taller than Simone.



Her younger sister Adria is a gymnast too.

Simone isn’t the only athlete in the Biles family. Her 22-year-old sister Adria Biles is also a talented gymnast. They are said to train together and give each other support.



She’s hitting a whole lot of “firsts.”

At age 24, she’s already made history. Not only is Simone the first female gymnast to win three world all-around titles in a row, she’s also the first Black gymnast to become the world all-around champion.



She’s had the same coach since she was 8 years old.


Gymnastics coach Aimee Boorman spotted Simone about a year after she started training and immediately noticed her natural talent. However, Aimee had not yet trained an elite gymnast — something that Simone actually saw as advantageous. “It was a learning process together,” she told NBC. “I think that’s what helped us both because we were both kind of clueless about it.”



She is scared of bees.

While Simone is an incredible athlete, she’s also a human being — and that means she gets scared of bees just like you do. After receiving the gold medal at the 2014 World Championships, another medalist pointed out to Simone that a bee was in her bouquet. Being an adorable then-16-year-old, she giggled and jumped off the podium to escape the little pesk.



When it comes to floor routines, she is unbeatable.

While Simone is one of greatest competitors in all events, her signature is the floor routine. Her tumbling passes are so difficult that her third tumbling pass is at the difficulty of most gymnasts’ first pass — the slot where most gymnasts put their hardest move. “In short,” Vox explains, “Biles can perform everyone else’s hardest tumbling pass after she’s completed two even more difficult ones.” Wow. Just take a look at this routine from the 2016 P&G Championships, where Simone took home gold.



She has four German shepherds at home.


In addition to gymnastics, she loves her family’s pups. The Biles have four dogs: Maggie, Atlas, Lily and Bella, though one is not pictured here. Simone also has two Frenchies named Lilo and Rambo.



Pizza makes her happy.

Hey, even Olympians enjoy a slice or two every now and then! She posted this delectable pic with the caption, “Happiness.” We totally agree, Simone.



She loves experimenting with eye makeup.

The world went wild for Simone’s gorgeous shimmery liner during the ceremony for the team finals. Going from ruby slipper red to white to blue, her makeup made her eyes pop while showing U.S. pride.



She wants to get a “real job” after she’s done competing.


Given the athleticism and agility needed for the sport, gymnasts tend to have extremely short careers — a fact Simone is realistic about. “Gymnastics is just one part of my life, and I’m having as much fun with it as possible,” she told Us Weekly. “At some point, I’ll have to go get a real job.” We’re gonna go ahead and predict that she’ll be remarkable at whatever she chooses.



She’s the most decorated female gymnast in America.

Since the 2013 P&G Championships, Simone has dominated. In total, she’s won 25 medals at the World Championships with 19 of them being gold. Notably, she’s the first American to win a medal in every event at this competition. At her first Summer Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio, Simone earned five medals: four gold and one bronze.



She’s spoken out about her ADHD diagnosis.

A month after making history at Rio, hackers released Simone’s confidential medical records from the World Anti-Doping Agency database. The gymnast took to Twitter to speak out about being diagnosed as a child and taking medication approved by the USA Gymnastics. She wrote: “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.”



She’s the first woman to complete a Yurchenko double pike skill on vault.


At the GK US Classic in May, Simone became the first woman ever to successfully land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. When asked why she wanted to perform this difficult move and others, which have been named after her, she said: “Because I can.”

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