Simone Biles: The New Star of USA Gymnastics

At a young age of 19, American artistic gymnast Simone Biles is ready to head to Rio de Janeiro to compete in her first-ever Olympic Games. The young American athlete has already achieved a lot of success in the sport despite being only in the international stage for 3 years.

Biles made her first international appearance in 2013, and since then, she managed to acquire a lot of achievements and even made a historic record by being the first female gymnast to acquire three straight World championship titles. She took home a total of 10 titles in the three World Championships that she participated in.

Simone Biles

When she was just 15 years old, Biles, together with her teammates in the Bannon’s Gymnastix training center in Texas watched the 2012 London Olympic Games through a giant screen that was installed by their coach.

From there, they were able to watch the American “five” (Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber) win the team all-around event at the 2012 London Games.

“I never thought about competing in the Olympic Games when I was growing up” says Simone Biles. However, on that day, while training to achieve the highest international level, a thought was formed in her mind. “Wow! I took part in a training camp with Kyla and Jordyn! Perhaps I can be there myself one day!”

Since 2013, the young American gymnast showcased her dominance in the discipline. In her first World Championships appearance in Antwerp, Belgium (2013), Biles won four medals: gold in the floor and all-around event, silver in the vault and bronze in the beam. She also managed to achieve the fourth place on the uneven bars.

Simone Biles, 2013 World Championships

Despite suffering from a shoulder injury at the start of the 2014 season, the American gymnast still managed to participate at the World Championships in Nanning, China in September where she successfully acquired four gold medals (individual all-around, team, floor and balance beam). She also won a silver medal in the vault event.

Last year at the SSE Hydro Arena, Biles made a historic record by being the first women artistic gymnast to achieve a three consecutive all-around title at a World Championship, beating the historic Russian athlete Svetlana Korkhina, who also acquired three World gold medals, but not in three straight years (1997, 2001 and 2003). In that competition, she helped the USA team to acquire the gold medal, successfully defended her floor and beam titles, and landed third in the vault event. Despite only three appearances, Simone Biles became the most successful American female gymnast, holding a total of 14 World Championship medals, ten of which are gold.

And it looks like the competence she displayed at the previous international competitions will continue up to the Olympic Games in August.

Simone Biles with Gabby Douglas

At the recently held Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, the floor exercise that Biles performed featured the music from the film Rio, including some samba steps that will surely catch the hearts of the Brazilian fans. “If the audience likes it, I’ll keep this routine,” the young female gymnast said.

Considering the success of her samba routine, which earned praise from the crowd and the judges, there is a high chance that we will see it again in the Olympic Games.

During an interview with the International Olympic Committee, the 19-year-old American gymnast emphasized the significance of having support from the fans. “The reaction of the public plays a very important role. It gives us an adrenaline boost, especially when people start to shout and clap their hands in time with the music. That really helps us to go on.”

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