Simone Biles

Simone Biles
Biles smiling and waving
Personal information
Full nameSimone Arianne Biles
Born (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 23)[1]
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
HometownSpring, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceSpring, Texas, U.S.
Height4 ft 8 in (142 cm)[2]
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international elite
Years on national team2012–2016, 2018–present (US)
GymWorld Champions Centre (current)[3]
Bannon's Gymnastix Inc. (2003–2014)
Head coach(es)Laurent Landi
Former coach(es)Aimee Boorman
ChoreographerDominic Zito
Eponymous skillsBiles (6.4) (vault): Yurchenko half-on, front layout salto with double twist off
Biles (H) (balance beam): double twisting double tucked salto dismount
Biles (G) (floor exercise): double layout half out
Biles II (J) (floor exercise): triple twisting double tucked salto

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997)[4] is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and the world's third most decorated gymnast, behind Belarus' Vitaly Scherbo (33 medals) and Russia's Larisa Latynina (32 medals).

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in all-around, vault and floor; bronze in balance beam; and gold as part of the United States team, dubbed the "Final Five".[5]

Biles is a five-time World all-around champion (2013–2015, 2018–19), five-time World floor exercise champion (2013–2015, 2018–19), three-time World balance beam champion (2014–15, 2019), two-time World vault champion (2018–19), a six-time United States national all-around champion (2013–2016, 2018–19), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 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).

Biles is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19), having surpassed Scherbo's record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th, both gold, at the 2019 competition in Stuttgart.[6] She is the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (5). Biles is the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympics, and the first gymnast since Lilia Podkopayeva in 1996 to hold both titles simultaneously. She is the tenth female gymnast and first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every event, and the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships, having accomplished this feat at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.[7]

Many observers have echoed the sentiment that Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

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  4. ^ "GymDivas.Us | Online Resource for Gymnasts in the United States". GymDivas. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Dillman, Lisa (August 27, 2016). "This young lady is light-years ahead of the competition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Wamsley, Laurel (October 13, 2019). "Simone Biles Becomes The Most Decorated Gymnast In World Championship History". NPR. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Simone Biles Becomes The Most Decorated Gymnast In World Championship History". Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Apstein, Stephanie. "Simone Biles Is a Legend in Her Prime". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Coaston, Jane (October 10, 2019). "Simone Biles is the greatest female gymnast ever". Vox. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Wiedeman, Reeves (August 12, 2016). "Simone Biles Becomes the Greatest Gymnast of All-Time". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Armor, Nancy (October 9, 2019). "Opinion: Simone Biles reaches GOAT status by doing 'alien gymnastics...inhuman gymnastics'". USA Today. Retrieved October 11, 2019. "greatest gymnast of her generation"
  12. ^ Lillicrap, Simon (October 9, 2019). "In Awe Of Simone Biles: The Greatest Gymnast Of All Time". The Sportsman. Retrieved October 11, 2019. "greatest gymnast of all time"
  13. ^ Almasy, Steve (October 5, 2019). "Simone Biles nails two more amazing moves that will be named after her". CNN. Retrieved October 11, 2019. "greatest gymnast of our time and probably ever'"
  14. ^ Zaccadri, Nick (October 10, 2019). "Mic Drop: Simone Biles wins fifth world all-around by record margin". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2019. "greatest gymnast in history'"

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