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“He Dropped to His Knees”: Simone Biles’ Emotional Brother Was Left in Disbelief After Her 2013 Achievement

Published 11/28/2022, 9:30 AM EST

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With her 25 World Championships just by the age of 25, Simone Biles is probably the greatest gymnast in the history of the sport. It doesn’t come as a surprise to know that Simone started showing her talent for the sport at a very tender age.

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One of Simone’s siblings, Ron Biles, once narrated an incident from her childhood describing her odd behavior. Ron recalled that little Simone used to ask him to catch her whenever she wanted to bounce off things. She also used to use his arms for pull-ups. Even when he was astonished by her peculiar behaviors, he always gave in to the little one’s demands.


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Ron Biles couldn’t contain his emotions

It was natural for Ron to get emotional when seeing the little Simone who used to cling to his arms climb up the ladders of success. In her autobiography, “Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance,” Simone described Ron’s reaction after her first major win.

Describing Ron’s reaction to her success in the 2013 World Championship, the ace gymnast revealed her brother teared up. Simone shared that the elder one was unable to control his emotions and had dropped to his knees in front of the television. She shared that all her brother could think at that time was, “Oh my God, she did it. My sister is the number one gymnast in the world.”

She recalled the time her brother had encouraged her when she failed to make it to the Nationals. Ron’s encouraging words were, “Maybe it’s just not your time yet, but your day will come. You’re that good, Simone.” She further added that she’ll forever be grateful to her brother for having faith in her.


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Simone Biles and her siblings


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Biologically, she has three siblings from her mother, two sisters, and a brother. Out of the four kids her mother had, Simone is the third child. She has an elder brother named Tevin and an elder sister named Ashley. Adria Biles is Simone’s younger sister.

Additionally, she has two half brothers, Adam Biles and Ron Biles Jr. Originally, the two were her uncles, but they grew up as siblings after Simone’s biological grandparents formally adopted her and her siblings when she was around 6 years old.


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When Simone was around two years old, her biological mother, Shannon, was unable to cater to the need of her kids. This rendered the four siblings at the mercy of foster care. When Simon’s grandparents, Ronald and Nellie Biles, found out about the situation, they decided to adopt the Biles siblings.

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Written by:

Aaradhana Singh


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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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Abhishek Kumar