She's only 20 years old, but Simone Biles is at the top of the gymnastics world. Born in Columbus, OH, Biles had a rough childhood; she was placed in a foster home with her younger sister, Adria. Fortunately, their grandparents officially adopted the girls, and moved them to their home in Texas, where Simone's gymnastics career started.
Simone kicked off her career at age eight, with coach Aimee Boorman. Since then, the enthusiastic gymnast showed off her natural ability, placing third all-around at her first tournament. In 2012, she started home schooling, in order to focus on gymnastics. After the switch, she improved drastically. A streak of impressive performances resulted in her being named to the United States Junior National Team.
The following year, Simone began her international career, and won her first of three gold medals at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Belgium. This marked the rise of superstardom - she dominated her competition at subsequent tournaments.
As the most decorated American female gymnast in World Championships history, Simone Biles is the clear favorite at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Read on to familiarize yourself with this gymnastics sensation and learn some Simone Biles facts and some great Simone Biles wins.
She Was Adopted by Her Grandparents
She Got Discovered by Her Coach During a Field Trip
She Is the First African-American World All-Around ChampionPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
She Is the First Woman to Win Three Consecutive World All-Around Titles
She Has a Flip Named After Her
She Holds the Record for Most World Championship Medals