“Busy Making History”: Simone Biles’ Family Feels Pangs of Absence as Legend Conquers World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023

Published 10/03/2023, 8:19 AM EDT

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The Biles have a lot to be proud of. Simone Biles was electrifying as she graced the arena in Antwerp. She scored 14.400 points on the uneven bars, 14.566 on the balance beam, and 14.633 for her floor exercise. In the fourth rotation, she became the first female gymnast to perform a Yurchenko double pike vault. The move will now be named the Biles II in the gymnastics rule book.

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Despite her historic accomplishments, a void of absence hung in the air. It was her family and her husband, who were over 5,000 miles away.

Simone Biles’ family misses their star

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In a recent Instagram story, Adria Biles, Simone’s sister, attempted to video call her from America. The screenshot showed Adria’s screen, affectionately calling Simone “Sistaboo”. But it only revealed Adria’s bemused expression as Simone Biles remained unavailable.

Adria playfully quipped in her Instagram story, “Idk, maybe she’s busy making history or something.” Cheering the champion from thousands of miles away, the Biles’ family made sure to express their unflinching support despite the distance.

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How family supported Simone Biles despite being miles apart

A previous Instagram story by Adria as Biles was ready for competition also featured their mother’s USA-flag-themed manicure and a ring engraved with Biles’ name. Further, Simone’s husband, NFL star Jonathan Owens, also took to social media to express his admiration.

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The Green Bay Packers‘ star posted a story with the caption, “Biles II Simone Biles will officially have five skills named after her,” echoing the sentiments of countless fans. Adria too had cheered for her sister’s accomplishments on Day 1, sharing Team USA’s post with the caption, “Proudest little sister here.”

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Despite Missing All Her Events, Husband Jonathan Owens Celebrates Simone Biles’ Historic Moment At World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023 In His Own Way

Biles, proving once more she is the reigning queen of gymnastics, finished the night with an all-around score of 58.865 at Antwerp, surpassing Shilese Jones in 2nd place with 56.932 points and Jessica Gadirova of Britain in 3rd with 56.766 points.

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In an interview before the competition, Biles shared her evolved perspective, saying, “Now, it’s just showing up, being in a good head place, having fun out there, and whatever happens, happens.” As the competition continues to unfold, fans can’t wait to see the wonder she continues to display.

Watch this story: Simone Biles and Sister Adria Biles: Five Images Show Why Fans Are Calling Them Twins

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Written by:

Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a pro-writer for Essentially Sports. Having contributed to movies and web series, Christaline delved into sports journalism and like the puck on the ice, has been a force to be reckoned with in the US sports arena. Her experience in writing about the latest WSL event, the recent track and field record, and creative gymnastics routines, found her digging deeper into the minds of legends like Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles.
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