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As Simone Biles Nearly Defeats 6′5″ Giant, Husband Jonathan Owens Couldn’t Believe His Eyes: “Why She Got the First 10”

Published 05/29/2023, 2:22 AM EDT

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Simone Biles has accomplished nearly everything in her beloved arena of gymnastics. The 4’8’’ gymnast has four Olympic gold medals, a record seven US Gymnastics Championships all-around titles, and more World Championships framed than any other athlete in the history of the sport. However, time and again, she has proven that gymnastics isn’t the only field where she can flaunt her incredible prowess. Competing against NFL players is one more thing she is good at.

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While Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens enjoy their little hiatus in Door County, the couple has left no stone unturned to make the best of their trip. First, the yacht party, and now, an impromptu cross-sports competition, in which the gymnast competed against the NFL wide receiver, Christian Watson. 

Simone Biles astounds Jonathan Owens as she nearly wins a race


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Taking to his Instagram story, the NFL safety pulled off the curtains from the racing competition between his wife and his fellow teammate, Christian Watson. In the video, Biles and Watson can be seen gearing up for the race from the starting point. As luck would have it, immediately after the race starts, the 6’5’’ NFL prodigy trips and almost falls in the first 10 m, giving Biles a head start.

However, the football wide receiver catches up with the Olympian and trounces the gymnast in the race. Following this, adoring husband Jonathan Owens stated, “Aye why she get out the first 10 like that”. 


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Though Biles lost the race with a marginal time difference, she never fails to astonish her fans with her exceptional skills. And this is not the first time the GOAT gymnast has taken on an NFL player. Back in 2021, Biles defeated Jonathan Owens in a rope climbing competition, and added the test of strength to her already impressive resume.


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Besides gymnastics, Simone Biles gives stiff competition to the NFL players

In 2021, the Olympian posted a video on her Instagram handle, presenting the epic rope-climbing showdown between the couple. Though Owens has a 1′ 3″ height advantage over Biles, he lost the contest by a considerable margin. Following his defeat, the NFL safety conceded, “Well, I had you about 3/4th of the way…I just, burned out.


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Never underestimate a gymnast,” quipped Biles. Clearly, the gymnast has a penchant for indulging in healthy competitions against her NFL acquaintances. First, Jonathan Owens, and now the football wide receiver Christian Watson. 

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Purva Jain


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Purva Jain is a senior sports writer for Essentially Sports. With her expertise in surfing, Purva has a deep passion for the ocean and a love for the thrill of big waves. Author of ‘Gold and Brown’, ‘Chasing the North Star’ and ‘Light Beneath the Shadows’, Purva idolizes Kelly Slater, taking to heart his famous quote, "There's always a wave you want to surf.
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