‘Gymnastics is Not THAT Hard’: Simone Biles’ Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Recalls an Early Mistake

Published 12/20/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020


Simone Biles has been the face of gymnastics ever since her charming moves and performances took over fans’ hearts. With a total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals, the American is regarded as the most decorated gymnast of all time.

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Biles’ NLF safety boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, revealed his thoughts on gymnastics early in the relationship. Notably, before watching Biles perform in reality, Owens considered gymnastics as an easy sport.

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What does Biles’ boyfriend think of gymnastics?

Biles and Owens have been dating for over 15 months now and have never left a chance to appreciate each other.

Through an interview, Owens shared his initial thoughts about gymnastics. The NLF star took time to realize how tough and tricky the sport actually is.

“It took me a while to come to grips with how hard her sport was. When we were first together, I was like, `Man, you can’t come outside and guard these wide receivers. Gymnastics is not that hard,'” said Owens.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States competes in the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Only after watching Biles compete for the first time, Owens realized the hard work required to reach her level. It was in Fort Worth when Owens saw her perform live for the first time.

Unbelievable. It’s so amazing to watch. When I saw her for the first time, I realized that the TV really doesn’t do it justice. When she goes out there and does it, it looks so effortless,” said Jonathan.

Biles claimed her seventh U.S. title there, putting her best moves on display as always.

Simone Biles, Owens and their love story

Owens shared his love story with Biles in an interview, acknowledging their affection and bond. It was back in March 2020, just before the pandemic, when they met and found a home within one another.

We ended up hanging out right before the pandemic. It was one of the few times in her life where everything was just shut off and she couldn’t do anything,” said Owens.

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“So, we used it to get to know each other, really get to know each other. It created our bond and made it stronger.”

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What do you think, which sport is tougher? Football or gymnastics?

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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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