Watching Simone Biles on Television Unexpectedly Changed a Little Girl’s Life: “Hope I Can Get To Be Like Her”

Published 01/18/2023, 12:45 PM EST

Simone Biles’s performance has not only amazed millions of fans but has also impacted the future of gymnastics. A recent example of this can be seen in Dida Daniel’s example. Just eight years old, Daniel has a huge passion for gymnastics. In a recent conversation in 2023, Daniel revealed how she was inspired by Simone Biles. 

Dida made this disclosure to Punch Sports Extra. Strangely, both Biles and Daniel showed an interest in gymnastics from an early age. While Biles was attracted to gymnastics at the age of six, Daniel was only two when she showed intrigue towards the sport. Along with Dida’s disclosure, her father shared the lesser-known details of Dida’s gymnastics prowess. While these details are shocking, they also indicate an exciting future for Dida and gymnastics. 

Simone Biles was an inspiration to the budding talent Dida

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“I watched Biles on television and I loved her moves, then I started to practice it,” Daniel admitted to Punch Sports Extra. Continuing, Daniel expressed, “For me, she is the best and I hope I can get to be like her and grow to become one of the best in the world.”

Later, Daniel’s father narrated how Dida would attempt to stand on her toes at the bare age of two. After this, Dida would try to turn her body on the chairs and land on her feet with perfect balance. Impressed, Daniel’s father stated, “We had to clear the sitting room for her to demonstrate and also got her a swing to practice it.”  However, her parents’ struggles to encourage their prodigal daughter had just begun.

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Dida’s father assigned a coach named Tony Asuquo to his daughter. Ruminating on her daily struggles, he shared that she slept in the gym so that she would not miss practice. The reason was that her coaching center and home were far. One other story that is worth mentioning is about Biles motivating The Amazing Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield.  

Andrew Garfield’s thoughts on Simone Biles 

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In an interview, Garfield expressed, “I’m very inspired by Simone Biles.”  Garfield expressed these views while he was on a temporary break from shooting for movies. 

Later, Garfield clarified, “Nope, I’m not going to do that vault. I’m going to endanger myself if I vault today.  I find that really an incredible example.”  This reflects how Garfield is influenced by Simone Biles’s immaculate vault routine though he will not try it. 

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Priya Hinduja

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Priya Hinduja is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Post pursuing her Master's Degree in English, she worked as an English language trainer at Osmos Club and also dabbled with marketing at Debugee Technologies Pvt Ltd for a year. With a keen interest in playing chess and badminton in her leisure time, she also follows the activities of Michael Phelps, whose story motivates and inspires her.

Edited By: Jahnabi Choudhury

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