“Lots of Fun”- Simone Biles Explains the Differences Between Her ‘Gold Over America’ Tour and a Competition

Published 09/10/2021, 10:25 AM EDT
Simone Biles practices uneven bars during the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics trials in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


In terms of influential personalities in gymnastics, Simone Biles comfortably tops the list. During a time when mental health issues are considered taboo, Biles has been a brilliant advocate in breaking the stereotype. Her withdrawal from the Team Artistic Gymnastics competitions at the Tokyo Olympics sent a motivating message to many people. Moreover, she returned and won two more medals in Tokyo. Now, the famous gymnast is going on a Gold Over America Tour to display their talents to people.

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Simone Biles speaks about the tour

Athleta’s Gold Over America Tour concentrates on the celebration of influential female athletes who showcase their talents to inspire new generations. The tour starts from September and will continue through November. Biles spoke about the differences between competing in a major tournament and this tour.

“A gymnastics competition is a little bit more intense, more serious, but the gold over America tour is going to be lots of fun, it’s more of a show, there will be with a huge dance party on the floor. I think that’s really exciting for both the audience and us, to interact with them,” said Biles.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States in action on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo SEARCH “OLYMPICS DAY 5” FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS EDITOR’S CHOICE, SEARCH “REUTERS OLYMPICS TOPIX” FOR ALL EDITOR’S CHOICE PICTURES.

Professional events and meets are extremely competitive and the athletes are extremely focused. However, things are different in the Tour. Many youngsters aspire to become gymnasts as these athletes provide a platform to give them a never seen before experience. A fantastic initiative from Athleta.

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The famous Gold Over America Tour

Jordan Chiles, MyKayla Skinner, Laurie Hernandez, Katelyn Ohashi, Peng Peng Lee, and Morgan Hurd are some gymnasts joining Biles for the Tour. They have venues in 35 cities to give the fans an extraordinary experience. They will run the show for 110 minutes which includes intermissions.

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Additionally, Biles spoke about the platform that these gymnasts create for the younger generations to step up.

“I love the sport of gymnastics and wanted to help create a show that celebrates the pure joy of performing. I believe there is GOLD inside of us all and it’s time to let that GOLD shine,” said Biles.

Simone Biles smiles at a teammate during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

During these trepid times, athletes like Simone are using their image and reach to give hope and inspiration to people. Kudos to them!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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