Do You Need To Be ‘Skinny’ for Gymnastics? Simone Biles Has Her Say

Published 11/22/2021, 1:06 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States poses with the bronze medal during the Women’s Balance Beam Final medal ceremony on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Deservingly well, Simone Biles is regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. With a dozen medals to show for it, her legacy in the sport, despite her young age, is remarkable.

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Simone has a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals. Not just her heroics on the mat, but even off it, make her an inspiration for thousands of athletes worldwide.

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In a recent video, Biles debunked some popular myths about gymnastics. She revealed that one doesn’t need to have any particular body type to become a gymnast.

The truth is out

Biles answered some commonly asked questions about the sport she received on her Instagram. She revealed the real truth behind many popular myths about gymnastics.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: Simone Biles of the United States competes in the Balance Beam Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

A common misconception associated with the sport is that gymnasts have to have a particular body type to do the sport. However, Simone revealed so is not true.

“Back in the day, everybody had a more, like, slim body and was really flexible and skinny. But now, you can be a little bit shorter and more powerful like me,” said Biles.

Moreover, Biles believes that the sport has evolved and is now more open to change. She said, “So, I definitely think it’s evolved. So I think that’s false, as well.

Simone Biles speaks of the importance of being in shape

Additionally, Biles has revealed that one doesn’t need to be skinny or petite to be a gymnast; what matters more is to be in shape.

USA’s Simone Biles in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

“I feel like whatever your body type is you just have to be in shape to do gymnastics,”
said Biles. “If you walk into the gym, the tallest person on the team is probably 5’4,” added Biles.
What other myths would you like Simone to debunk? Let us know in the comments.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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