18 August 2016
Nineteen-year-old American gymnast, Simone Biles born in Columbus, Ohio, USA surprised the whole world at the ongoing Rio Olympics as she dominated gymnastics at the Games.
At the tender age of three years, she was abandoned by her biological mother. In spite of that ugly experience she became a record breaker at the Rio Games.
Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 19, 1997 and was in 2012 deemed too young to qualify for London Olympics but four years later she’s become one of the Games biggest stories as 2016’s individual all-around, vault and floor champion.
Within four years of the disappointment of not making the 2012 Olympics team, Simone has won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals – the most ever won by an American woman, with five of those medals at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
The 4-foot-9 gymnast has since her senior debut in 2013 completely dominated her sport.
Simone is the first female gymnast since 1974 to win four consecutive all-around titles at the U.S. national championships. She is also the first woman ever to be the all-around world champion three years in a row.
Simone continued the impressive records by winning four gold medals and a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
Apart from Michael Phelps who won 5 gold medals at the Games, she has won more medals for Team USA than any other athlete.
By winning five medals, Simone has tied the record of most medals won by an American gymnast in a single Olympics along with Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Shannon Miller in 1992 and Nastia Liukin in 2008.
With four Olympic gold medals, she has set a new American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games.
The story of Simone Biles is that of a hardworking young lady who is dedicated to what she does and tries to improve at every opportunity even at the the very big stage.
With the retirement of Michael Phelps and the sudden drop in the work rate of “soon-to-retire” Usain Bolt, Simone Biles is likely to be the biggest athlete at Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.