“If I Could Flip Like That”: Despite Her Height Restrictions, Michelle Obama Expressed Interest in Joining Simone Biles’ Dominant Sport in 2016

Published 11/15/2022, 6:45 AM EST

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Michelle Obama is one of the most knowledgeable and loved public figures in the world. She was the First Lady of America during the presidency of her husband, Barack Obama. By profession, she is an attorney.

However, in 2016, while playing a quiz with her husband, she expressed her interest in Simone Biles’ dominant sport, gymnastics. Simone Biles is a 25-year-old American gymnast. She has won 7 medals in the Olympics. She currently holds the record for the most Olympics medals won; alongside former gymnast Shannon Miller.


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Michelle Obama is a die-hard Olympics fan

The video uploaded by ‘The Obama White House’ featured the former president and the First Lady, sharing some of their favorite Olympic memories.

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Michelle was first asked what sport she would choose if given a chance to compete in the Olympics. Without missing a beat, the attorney picked gymnastics. She shared that with her height, it would be impossible to try it out. However, if she could, then she would. She said, “I’m not built for gymnastics, clearly…I’m a little too tall…but they are phenomenal and if I could flip like that, I’ll do it in a heartbeat.”


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Talking about her favorite Olympic memory, she shared one from her childhood. She shared that while growing up, everyone around her house used to be super excited about the Olympics. “In our house, the Olympics was an event,” she said. She further added that everyone used to gather around the TV and watch it all together.

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Indicating how crazy people in her neighborhood were for the Olympics, she said, “The Olympics would take over life.”


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Who is Barack Obama’s all-time favorite Olympian?

When Barack was asked who his all-time favorite Olympian was, he named Jesse Owens. The reason behind his admiration for the late athlete wasn’t just because of the medals he had won. It is also because of the times during which he won. Obama said, “Not only was he [Jesse Owens] the fastest man in the world, but you are doing it in front of the Nazis…sending a clear signal about what America stands for the equality of all human beings. Pretty powerful stuff!”


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Born in 1913, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was an American track and field athlete. Participating in the sprints and long jump, Jesse won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games. He is regarded as the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history. Owens passed away in 1980, at the age of 66 due to lung cancer.

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Written by:

Aaradhana Singh


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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. She has acquired her Honors degree in Political Science, followed by a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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Tony Thomas