“I Jumped Off the Podium”: Simone Biles Refused to Accept Her First-Ever Check After Coach’s Threat About Gymnastics Future

Published 08/08/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Simone Biles attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

In an exclusive Kneading Dough interview, Simone Biles shares her early experiences. From indulging in guilty pleasure to receiving her first paycheck as an amateur at age 12. Simone opens up on an honest chapter of her life.

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In a very lively interview, Maverick captures Simone at her best. The two share some light-hearted moments.

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Simone’s Refusal To Her 1st Pay-Check

Regarded as the GOAT of Olympics gymnasts, Simone is worldwide celebrated for her achievements. Speaking candidly with Maverick Carter, Simone tells how she learned about investments from her financial advisor at a young age.

TOKYO, JAPAN: Simone Biles during warm-ups prior to the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan | Credits: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Reiterating a hilarious memory of her receiving the 1st check, Simone tells, “I was probably 12 years old or 13 years, and it’s this huge cheque, and my coach said whatever you do, don’t touch it because that will forfeit your eligibility for college gymnastics,”

Making Maverick chuckle, Simone narrated how her 12 her old-self was scared at the very mention of “forfeit.” Scared, Biles confessed, “I jumped off the podium.” She further revealed how her coach later came over and said, “you are just not allowed to cash it.”

Simone Biles: The Explorer

Eager to learn new things, Simone, like many of her contemporaries, tries her hand at new things. Very recently, Biles had the opportunity to throw out the 1st pitch at three Major League Baseball games.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 23: Simone Biles of the USA reacts after finishing her performance on balance beam during the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

For a newbie like her, Biles did an outstanding job. She had her 1st baseball exposure on July 4, 2016. At a Houston Astros home game versus the Seattle Mariners, she performed the honors.

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Of late, Simone has been very vocal about her mental health. She even withdrew her name from the Olympics, prioritizing her mental health. The courageous step of the youngster opened everyone’s eyes. It did change the perspective of every athlete who felt constrained by their feelings and expectations.

Her step served as a reminder that stress, anxiety, sadness, rage, and suicidal thoughts can affect athletes just as much as anybody else.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Simone Biles Gymnastics Tricks Gets People Off The Seats- Here’s Some Moves Named After Her

An epitome of courage, Biles never fails to impress her fans. Be it her professional achievements and decisions or her perspective and zeal for life, Biles’ life stands as an inspiration to all.

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Mubhaswara Ahamed

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Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa

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