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“So Many Memories and Good Times”: Simone Biles Has a Message for Final Five Teammate on a Special Day

Published 05/26/2023, 1:54 AM EDT

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Gymnastics queen Simone Biles leaves no stone unturned to shower her clan with encomiums. From sending warm wishes to her close-knit acquaintances to penning heartfelt messages on their special occasions, the Olympian got everything covered. Likewise, the gymnast once again stole the spotlight through her heartwarming birthday message for one of her comrades from ‘the Final Five’.

The 2016 Rio Olympics’ The Final Five gymnast Aly Raisman celebrated her 29th birthday on 25th May 2023. Hence, a treasure trove of wishes started pouring in for the Olympian. Nonetheless, the birthday message that took all the brownie points belonged to Simone Biles.

Simone Biles pens a heartfelt message for her fellow gymnast


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On May 25th, Biles took to her Instagram story to wish Raisman a happy birthday. She posted two pictures with the 29-year-old. Interestingly, both the stills were captured in Cabo during Biles’ grand wedding ceremony. Captioning the first post, the 4x Olympics gold medalist penned, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY @alyraisman love you so much”.

In the following story, she posted another picture of herself with Raisman and captioned, “So many memories and good times. Couldn’t ask for a better friend/sister”. She further added, “You deserve the best day ever! Such a special person!!!”. 


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It indeed was one staunch wish from Simone Biles for Raisman. Interestingly, the bond both the gymnasts share first got adhered to in the 2016 Rio Olympics, when they, together with their team, clinched the gold in the all-around finals.

But how did the women’s USA gymnastics team get their nickname?


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The 2016 Rio Olympics’ the Final Five

Every team or group or clan goes by a special moniker that is close to the heart of its members. Likewise, after bagging gold in the all-around finals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Women’s Gymnastics team USA revealed the nickname they chose for themselves – ‘the Final Five’. The five gymnasts who together stood atop the podium in Rio are Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Gabby Douglas, and Laurie Hernandez.


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Cheers erupted in the arena when five of them performed some incredible routines and brought home the momentous triumph. Ever since then, they shared great dynamics and on every occasion they get, five of them go above and beyond for expressing their regard for each other. 

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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.

Edited By: Brandon Gabriel