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Simone Biles
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Biles at the 2016 Olympic Games

Full name

Simone Arianne Biles

Nickname

$eamoney

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

March 14 1997 (1997-03-14) (age 20)
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Years on National Team

2011-present

Club

World Champions Centre; Bannon's Gymnastix (former)

Coach(es)

Aimee Boorman, Luis Brasesco

Current status

Active

Twitter

@Simone_Biles

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio) is an elite artistic gymnast and the 2016 Olympic All-Around Champion. She is the 2013, 2014, and 2015 World All-Around Champion, 2014 and 2015 World Balance Beam Champion, 2013, 2014, and 2015 World Floor Champion, 2015 American Cup Champion, and four-time U.S. National All-Around Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). She has established herself as one of the all-time greats, becoming the most decorated American at the World Championships and the female gymnast with the most World gold medals in history, as well as a four-time Olympic Champion (winning team, all-around, vault, and floor exercise). She resides in Spring, Texas, where she trains at World Champions Centre, a gym she opened with her family and coach Aimee Boorman. Her best events are vault and floor exercise while her weakest is bars. Biles is renowned for her indefatigable power and boundary pushing difficulty as well as her unique style and energetic charisma.

She is one of the few gymnasts capable of performing a triple-twisting Yurchenko vault, a Yurchenko double back vault, a double twisting double back dismount on beam, and a triple-twisting double back on floor.[1]

Junior Career

2010

Biles made her national debut at JO Nationals as a level 10 gymnast, where she placed first on floor exercise and tied for third on vault.

2011

Biles qualified to elite level in 2011 at the Glider's Elite Qualifier in Riverside, California, where she placed first in the all-around, on balance beam and vault, third on floor exercise, and fifth on uneven bars. Afterwards, she competed at the American Classic, where she took first on vault, third in the all-around, fourth on floor, and eighth on uneven bars.

Biles moved on to compete at the 2011 CoverGirl Classic, the qualifying meet into Visa Championships. She placed fifth on vault (tied) and floor exercise. At the Junior Visa Championships, she tied for seventh on vault. She was added to the Junior National Team.

2012

Biles' 2012 season began at the American Classic, where she placed first in the all-around and on vault, tied for second on floor, placed third on beam, and fourth on uneven bars. Afterwards, she competed at the Secret US Classic, where she placed first in the all-around, tied for second on vault, and placed sixth on balance beam. At the Junior Visa Championships, she placed first on vault, third in the all-around, and sixth on uneven bars, balance beam (tied), and floor exercise.

Senior Career

2013

Biles' senior international debut was at the 2013 AT&T American Cup. She was announced as part of the lineup five days before the competition, to replace an injured American gymnast.[2] She placed second in the all-around, won the vault and uneven bars, placed fourth on floor, and seventh on balance beam.

In March, she was announced as a member of the senior US team for the European Tour (City of Jesolo Trophy and GER-ROU-USA meet).[3] In Jesolo, she won the senior all-around competition over the current champion and compatriot, Kyla Ross. She also helped the senior American team win the team gold medal, and won vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. She contributed to the US's gold medal finish and tied for silver in the senior all-around with compatriot Peyton Ernst at the GER-ROU-USA Friendly in Chemnitz at the end of March.

Biles competed at the US Classic in July, where she debuted a brand new double layout half out pass on floor. Unfortunately, she had a rough competition and chose to scratch on her last event, vault. She placed seventh on beam, eighth on floor, and ninth on bars. She improved greatly at the National Championships, winning the all-around and placing second on every individual event. At the Worlds selection camp in September, she was named to the US team for the World Championships.

In qualifications, Biles competed in the third subdivision. In addition to qualifying first for the all-around, she also qualified for all four event finals (second on vault, sixth on uneven bars, fifth on balance beam, and first on floor exercise). Biles is the first gymnast to do this since Russia's Aliya Mustafina in 2010, and the first American to do this since Shannon Miller in 1991.

Prior to the competition, Biles had submitted two skills to the FIG: a double layout half-out on floor and a Weiler kip with a full turn on uneven bars. The former skill was added to the Code of Points and named after her after qualifications. She opted not to perform the latter skill.

In the all-around, Biles lead the field for two rotations, but dropped to second after rotation three. She hit a great floor routine to take the gold ahead of teammate Kyla Ross and Russia's Aliya Mustafina. She became the first African-American to win the World All-Around title, and the seventh American overall.

In the vault final, Biles performed sixth. She scored a 15.933 on her Amanar and a 15.258 on her Lopez, averaging out to a 15.595. She won silver behind compatriot McKayla Maroney and ahead of North Korea's Hong Un-Jong. In the bars final, Biles performed fifth. She performed solidly, scoring a 14.716. She finished fourth, just outside the medals. In the balance beam final, she performed fifth. She had a good routine, but a big step forward on her dismount, and scored a 14.133. Her coaches filed an inquiry after her routine, which was accepted and her score was changed to a 14.333. She won bronze behind Mustafina and Ross. In the floor exercise final, she competed third. She had a great, bouncy routine and scored a 15.000. She won gold over Italy's Vanessa Ferrari and Romania's Larisa Iordache.

Following the World Championships, Biles underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle, something she had been dealing with since the U.S. Classic.[4] In November, training footage surfaced of Biles working on a double Arabian and Dos Santos on floor, a Bhardwaj on bars, and an Arabian on beam.[5] In late December, she was announced as a competitor for the American Cup in early March.[6]

2014

Biles attended a National Team training camp at the end of January, showing upgrades on all four events: a Cheng vault, a Khorkina transition on bars, a BHS + LOSO + LOSO combo and side aerial + straddle jump combo on beam, and a 2½ twist + front full + straddle jump and piked full-in on floor.[7] At the February National Team training camp, she aggravated her shoulder and withdrew from the American Cup roster.[8] At the end of February, she and her coach, Aimee Boorman, left Bannon's Gymnastix to open World Champions Centre with her family.[9][10] She trained at AIM Athletics while the gym was being finished.[11] In March, she was named to the American team for the Pacific Rim Championships,[12] but pulled out because her shoulder wasn't fully healed.[13]

Biles finally returned to competition at the U.S. Classic, winning the all-around, and posting the highest scores on vault, beam, and floor. Straight after, she verbally committed to UCLA.[14] She performed well at the National Championships, aside from a fall on balance beam on day two, but still managed to win the title by a large margin. She also won National titles on vault and floor, and a silver on beam.

In October, she competed at the World Championships in Nanning, China. Prior to the competition, she submitted a Weiler kip with a full turn on the uneven bars (she later clarified that she and her coach submitted it in case she performed it by accident). She performed well in qualifications apart from a mistake on bars, but still qualified in first place to the all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.

She kept her performances up in the team final, where she only competed on vault, beam, and floor, contributing to the USA's team gold medal. In the all-around, she held the lead for all four rotations and defended her World all-around title, winning over Romania's Larisa Iordache and teammate Kyla Ross. Biles was the first gymnast to win back-to-back World all-around titles since Svetlana Khorkina, and the first American to do so since Shannon Miller. In the vault final, she went up second to last, and had two very clean vaults. She won the silver behind North Korea's Hong Un-Jong and ahead of teammate Mykayla Skinner. In the balance beam final, Biles performed second, hitting all her connections and nearly sticking her full-in dismount, winning gold over China's Bai Yawen and Russia's Aliya Mustafina. In the floor exercise final, she performed third, delivering a powerful, difficulty-packed routine that won the gold over Iordache and Mustafina.

Biles' performance in Nanning brought her World medal total to nine, tying her with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin as the second-most decorated American gymnasts at the World Championships (Alicia Sacramone has ten World medals). However, her four gold medals in Nanning brought her total to six, making her the American with the most World gold medals (Miller has five).

2015

Videos from January National Team training camp showed her training new skills including Mustafina dismount on uneven bars, triple tuck turn and wolf jump to punch front on balance beam, double layout full out and Biles to leap on floor exercise.[15]

Biles competed at the American Cup in early March, showing some of her upgrades, including her piked Tkatchev + Pak on bars and a couple of new tumbling passes. She posted the highest scores on all four events and won the all-around with a monstrous 62.299 total.

At the City of Jesolo Trophy, Biles reclaimed the all-around with another superb performance, scoring 62.100, leading on all four events, helping the U.S. to a team gold. She had initially qualified first to all four events, but was swapped out of the uneven bars final in favor of another teammate. Nevertheless, Biles won all the individual events she competed in, capping off the day with a 16.050 on floor exercise, the highest recorded international score on floor since the introduction of the open-ended scoring system in 2006.

In July, she continued to dominate, winning all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise gold, and placing fourth on bars at the U.S. Classic. She showed off a new floor routine as well as a few upgrades on balance beam. Shortly afterwards, she turned pro, forfeiting her NCAA eligibility, despite having signed a national letter of intent for UCLA the previous fall.[16]

In August, Biles competed at the National Championships. She had a rough competition on the first day, resulting in a shaky balance beam routine and an extremely uncharacteristic fall on floor exercise. She rallied at the end of the day, sticking her Amanar to finish first. She went clean on the second day of competition, winning gold on vault and balance beam, silver on floor, and becoming only the second woman to win three straight National All-Around titles (the first being Kim Zmeskal).

Biles was named to the American team for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in October. She had a clean competition in qualifications, qualifying first to every event except uneven bars. She continued this in the team final, helping the Americans defend their team gold medals. However, nerves caught up with her in the all-around, leading to a bigger-than-usual hop on vault, a near fall on balance beam, and an out-of-bounds landing on floor exercise. Nevertheless, Biles performance and difficulty were enough to make her first female gymnast to win three World All-Around titles in a row. She took the bronze medal on vault, but defended her gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise. Her performance in Glasgow not only made her the most decorated American at the World Championships with fourteen medals (surpassing the record previously held by Alicia Sacramone - ten medals), but also made her the female gymnast with the most World gold medals in history with ten.

2016

Biles chose to rest for the first couple of international assignments of the season. Her first competition was the Pacific Rim Championships in April. She unveiled a new second vault, a round-off, half-on, one and a half twist off, or Cheng, for the first time in competition. She scored an impressive 62.450 total in the all-around and won team gold. She initially qualified to three event finals, but withdrew in order to rest more and prepare for the Olympics. In June, she only competed on two events at the U.S. Classic: bars, where she placed fifth, and beam, where she won gold.

At the National Championships, Biles won her fourth consecutive National All-Around title, making her the first gymnast to accomplish this feat since Joan Moore (who won four consecutive titles from 1971 to 1974). She also won gold on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise, and placed fourth on uneven bars. She advanced to the Olympic Trials, where she had issues on balance beam on both days, nearly falling on her wolf turn on day one and actually falling on her Barani on day two. She placed first in the all-around, vault, and floor exercise, and fourth on bars and beam. Despite her struggles, she was named to the U.S. Olympic team.

Rio Olympics

In qualifications, the Americans competed in the fourth subdivision and started on floor exercise. Biles had a great day of competition, qualifying in first to the all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. The Americans qualified first to the team final with a ten-point margin over the second-highest qualifiers, China. Biles competed the all-around in team finals for the first time, where she helped the Americans win a second consecutive Olympic team title with an eight-point margin over second-place Russia. The team named themselves the "Final Five", as it was U.S. National Team Coordinator Marta Karolyi's final Olympics, and also since the following Olympics would only permit four gymnasts per team.

In the all-around, Biles competed alongside teammate Aly Raisman. She had a less than stellar vault, but was solid on her other three events, capping off her night with a 15.933 on floor exercise. Her staggering all-around total of 62.198 won her the Olympic All-Around gold by over two points, larger than the margins between first and second place from 1980 to 2012 combined.

Having qualified to three of the four event finals, Biles competed on every day of event finals in Rio. In the vault final, she competed last, securing her first ever vault title on a major international stage. In the balance beam final, she competed third, but after underrotating her front tuck and grabbing the beam to prevent a fall off the apparatus, she finished with a bronze medal. She came roaring back on floor exercise, winning the title with a 15.966.

Biles' achievements made history in gymnastics. She became the fifth American to win the Olympic All-Around title, the fourth consecutive American to win the Olympic All-Around title, the first gymnast to follow a World All-Around title with an Olympic All-Around title in 20 years (since Ukraine's Lilia Podkopayeva in 1996), the first Olympic All-Around Champion to win a gold medal in event finals in 20 years (also since Podkopayeva), and the first American woman to win four gold medals in the same Olympics. She also posted the highest score for the women of the entire competition: a 16.100 on vault during qualifications. Her success in Rio earned her the position of USA flag bearer for the Olympic closing ceremony.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships3rd1st
2011Gliders Elite Qualifier1st1st51st3rd
Junior American Classic3rd1st81st4
Junior CoverGirl Classic55
Junior Visa Championships7
2012Junior American Classic1st1st43rd2nd
WOGA Classic3rd1st741st
Junior Secret U.S. Classic1st1st62nd
Junior Visa Championships3rd1st666
2013American Cup2nd
City of Jesolo Trophy1st1st1st1st1st
GER-ROU-USA Friendly1st2nd
U.S. Classic978
U.S. National Championships1st2nd2nd2nd2nd
Antwerp World Championships1st2nd43rd1st
2014U.S. Classic1st1st41st1st
U.S. National Championships1st1st42nd1st
Nanning World Championships1st1st2nd1st1st
2015AT&T American Cup1st
City of Jesolo Trophy1st1st1st1st1st
U.S. Classic1st1st41st1st
Indianapolis U.S. National Championships1st1st51st2nd
Glasgow World Championships1st1st3rd1st1st
2016Pacific Rim Championships1st1st
U.S. Classic51st
St. Louis U.S. National Championships1st1st41st1st
U.S. Olympic Trials1st1st441st
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games1st1st1st3rd1st
Featured-Gymnast-of-the-Month

Featured Gymnast for August 2013

Floor Music

2013 - "Get Up" by Rick Neuhaus

2014-2015 - "Merengue" by Maxi Gypsy/ "Svidja Mi Se Tvoja Devojka" by Seka Aleksić

2015 - "Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan/ "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" by Pussycat Dolls/ "Epparei" by Dimitri Vegas and Fatboy Slim

2016 - "La Mordidita" by Super Exitos Latinos/ "Batucada Escola Do Samba Mix" by Estudios Talkback/ "Mas Que Nada" by The Fanatics

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