How Expensive Is Gymnastics? Simone Biles Addresses Popular Myth

Published 10/28/2021, 11:42 AM EDT
USA’s Simone Biles in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)


Simone Biles is one of the most successful gymnasts ever. The 24-year-old has 7 Olympic medals to her name and is tied as the most decorated gymnast of all time. At the Tokyo Olympics, she rose to fame not for her performance, but for taking a brave stand and safeguarding her mental health.

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In a recent video, Biles addressed several myths and misconceptions that people had about gymnastics. One of those was whether gymnastics is an expensive sport.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Beam – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Gold medallist Guan Chenchen of China, silver medallist Tang Xijing of China and bronze medallist Simone Biles of the United States pose with medals. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Simone Biles addresses if gymnastics is expensive

For any sport, several expenses need to be incurred. The equipment required, the money needed to travel from one venue to another or to practice and other such related tasks can add up to a significant amount.

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Answering a couple of questions and busting myths about gymnastics, Biles said that, “It actually is a very expensive sport and it’s also year long. We don’t have a season and then we take a break. And you kind of have to train your whole life for it. So yes, it does get to be expensive.

The belief of the fan turned out to correct and, as Biles confirmed, gymnastics can take a financial toll on its participants. The lack of an off-season also adds to the cost since a gymnast and their parents must be read, year-round, to spend on equipment and training and travel.

Over the years, Biles has not only excelled on the mat but also inspired countless people around the world with her courage. She’s a role model for many aspiring gymnasts.

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USA’s Simone Biles in the Women’s Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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