“You’ll Save Me Money”- Simone Biles Reveals Parents’ Reaction to Her Thoughts on Quitting Gymnastics

Published 04/30/2022, 10:00 AM EDT

Simone Biles, frequently referred to as the GOAT, is certainly the epitome of athletic accomplishment. With 7 Olympic medals and countless other titles to her name, Biles is a living legend. And behind the scenes is the firm support of her family.

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In a recent segment, Simone shared about her parents’ attitude towards her career. “They never force me… If I ever was like ‘Hey, I wanna quit,’ they’re like, ‘Cool. You’ll save me money. I’ll take you out right now.’” 

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Simone Biles and her relationship with her parents

It is no secret that the Biles family has been a source of encouragement and support for the star athlete. They often post on social media about each other and it never fails to win the fans’ hearts.

 

Moreover, her parents, Ronald and Nellie Biles were present even at Biles’ iconic first pitch before the World Series Game 2 in 2019. Afterward, Biles took to Twitter to comment on them doing their usual post-routine ritual at the game.

Biles has been very open about the fact that she was adopted, Ronald Biles being her maternal grandfather. Even after her withdrawal from multiple events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, their support never wavered.

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“The main thing is to surround yourself with good people, mine being like family and friends that have really helped me through every single up and down that I’ve had. Whether that’s winning a World Championship all the way to like failing at the Olympic Games,” Biles said.

More than her medals

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Simone Biles has been in the headlines time and again for putting her mental health above her medal tally. By pulling out of the Olympics to prioritize her mental health, Biles has opened the floodgates for a wider conversation.

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)

On her hiatus, Biles has focused largely on her relationships with those near and dear to her. She flew right home to her parents after Tokyo and has since been engaged to NFL player Jonathan Owens.

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While there is no concrete news on her return to competition, Biles has already made her mark.

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has previously interned for HT Media. When not online, Mansi can be found pursuing the shelves at the nearest bookstore.

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