Simone Biles is a remarkable athlete who won 7 Olympic medals across two Olympic Games.
Being part of the Tokyo Olympics was just another gem in her career’s crown of glory. This time, with her decision to withdraw from the competition, she became sort of a spokesperson for the importance of the mental health. “It’s been a long week. It’s been a long Olympic process. It’s been a long year. Just a lot of different variables and I think we’re just a little bit too stressed out, but we should be out here having fun and sometimes that’s not the case,” she said after announcing her withdrawal, as per USA Today.
Biles’ life hasn’t always been easy. As a young child, she and her sisters were part of the foster system before their grandparents could adopt them. Her grandmother Nellie, whom the star calls ‘mom,’ has always been very supportive of Biles’ dreams. “She encourages me and never lets me feel down about something for too long,” Biles told CNN.
In her Facebook series Simone vs. Herself, she spoke of the time she and her siblings were taken from their mother and then given to their grandparents.
“I don’t remember a lot about foster care, but I definitely knew that we had been taken from our biological mom and then you just think you’re going to go back to her,” she wrote. “[Me and my siblings] were very fortunate that we actually got to stay with our siblings because a lot of the time you either get regrouped from home to home to home or you and your siblings get split up.”
Biles fell in love with gymnastics “by accident,” or better said after a serendipitous encounter with the equipment used in the sport that would help her reach for the stars. Namely, as part of the daycare program she attended when she was just 6, they were supposed to go on a trip to a farm, but after the weather went bad, they were taken to a tumbling gym instead.
Recently, USA Gymnastics announced that Biles is ready to return to gymnastics. She is scheduled to compete at the 2023 US Classic in August, and fans are looking forward to see her compete again.
In April and May 2023, Biles wed NFL player Jonathan Owens in two separate ceremonies. They had a simple civil wedding in the US and the following month they flew to Cabo, San Lucas. They wed with their closest family and friends in attendance.
Following the wedding, the couple moved into their Houston home of modern, minimalist looks. The house, which Biles both back in 2019 for $2 million features a modest black-and-white interior, a modest-sized kitchen, a spacious and homey living room, a gorgeous L-shaped pool, and a backyard table set featuring swings as its chairs.
This however, isn’t what her parents would choose because the home resembles ‘an LA home but in Houston.’ According to the athlete, whenever her parents visit, they tell their daughter it’s not the type of home they would choose. But then Biles reminds them that she loves how her house looks like.
What’s most, the couple is now building another home for themselves.
Biles is still very active as a gymnast and is set to win more medals and set new records.
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