Gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles Once Proudly Admitted She “Opened a Lot of Other Athletes’ Eyes”

Published 09/21/2022, 1:00 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN: Simone Biles during warm-ups prior to the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan | Credits: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Simone Biles is renowned for doing what is considered impossible. Whether it is the moves she does or the opinions she makes, she leaves people wondering about her skill and great sense of understanding. Notably, Biles was the first woman ever to perform moves on the floor, vault, and beam that are now named after her. She not only impacted others to experiment but also made some athletes see things differently.

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Biles shares a warm relationship with her friends and family. She is very supportive of her co-athletes. One can’t forget how she defended her teammate Aly Raisman while she exposed USA Gymnastics doctor, Lawrence G Nassar. She also lashed out at the retired gymnast, Gabby Douglas, for making tasteless comments on women’s dressing as a reason for sexual abuse.

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Simone Biles was no easy

When Biles’ parents saw her somersaulting around their living room, they put her in gymnastics class. Although she was tiny and wobbly in the beginning, she was fearless. She redefined the way U.S. gymnastics was viewed. The gymnastics legend brought an element of fun to the sport.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 06: Simone Biles reacts after compteting on the vault during the Senior Women’s competition of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 06, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

However, she admitted once that she was a problem child. Her Olympic coach Martha didn’t appreciate Simone much because she was not someone who would listen to her without a second thought. Biles’ bold demeanor to be herself made a huge difference among other athletes. She said,I definitely opened a lot of other athletes’ eyes.

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They realized they could talk and, also, laugh. It enlightened them in a way that they could enjoy gymnastics and also be good at it. “I think that was the misconception, was you couldn’t be fun, have a personality, and be good. You could only be good and that’s it,” she continued.

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Biles is full of surprises

While athletes are very watchful of consuming another extra morsel of food, Biles did something unimaginable. She posted photos of herself with food. She also admitted that some nights, they would break into the cafeteria and get some food. 

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States reacts during the Women’s Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Biles’ new coaches, the French couple Laurent and Cecile Landi, describe her as the perfect fit for gymnastics. She has lightning speed and there is explosive power in her run, greatly helpful to fit in more skills and earn more points.

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Ramya Bachu

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Ramya Bachu is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. Ramya has a Master’s degree in Psychology. She strongly believes in the power of discipline, consistency, and willingness to learn to achieve greater heights.

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