‘Fell in Love’: Simone Biles’ Parents Share Uplifting Reminder of the Bright Side of Gymnastics

Published 01/24/2024, 1:29 PM EST

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Simone Biles is widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. With her astonishing skills and record-breaking medal count, it’s easy to focus solely on her athletic achievements. But behind her achievements, there is a long story that has shaped her into who she is today. Simone’s maternal grandfather, Ronald Biles, and his wife Nellie adopted six-year-old Simone and her younger sister, Adriain. Their decision led them to move to Houston, Texas, marking the beginning of a profound journey.

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They embraced the responsibility of providing love and care to the young Biles sisters. However, in a recent Instagram post, her parents reminded us that sports are about more than accolades – they can provide life-changing experiences and relationships that resonate with every “little girl’s” career aspirations.

Simone Biles’ enduring connection

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In a recent Instagram reel shared by Simone Biles’ parents, owners of the world championship center, a captivating scene unfolds. The footage features young girls immersed in the world of gymnastics, guided by a dedicated trainer. The accompanying caption beautifully encapsulates the true essence of the video: “Inside every gymnast is a little girl who simply fell in love with the sport.” Notably, Simone Biles was tagged in the post, underscoring her personal journey and connection to the profound statement.

Simone Biles’ journey into gymnastics began at the age of six. She visited a gymnasium during a daycare field trip and instantly fell in love with the sport. Recognizing her passion, Biles’ parents, Nellie and Ronald, promptly enrolled her in gymnastics. In 2014, they established the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. However, despite her illustrious career and aspirations to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Simone Biles faces uncertainties about securing her spot on the journey.

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A nonchalant approach after Tokyo trials

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Simone Biles expressed a nonchalant attitude towards making it to the Paris Olympics. She stated, “If I don’t make it to Paris, it won’t absolutely crush me.” Her casual tone was a stark contrast to the intensity surrounding her shocking withdrawals at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The withdrawal was due to mental health concerns and the infamous “twisties” phenomenon.

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After securing bronze on the balance beam in Tokyo and tying the record for most Olympic medals by an American gymnast, Biles decided to take a long-overdue break. She spent two years prioritizing her mental wellness and finding joy in her sport again. Despite the challenges, Biles had recently returned to top form, breaking records and capturing her eighth national all-around title. As she eyes the Paris Olympics, it’s evident that Biles remains a powerhouse in the sport.

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Maleehah Shakeel

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