Simone Biles struck gold once again at the Rio Olympics, overcoming all obstacles and becoming the 2016 women’s all-around gold medalist. Earlier this week, Simone and Team USA won a second consecutive team gold medal.
Biles grew up in gymnastics, competing as a level 8 gymnast at the age of 10. By age 14, she had made her mark as an elite junior gymnast, finishing third in the all-around American Classic. Raised by her grandmother and grandfather, she was encouraged not to allow anything or anyone to stop her from attaining success.
The very next year, she topped the medal podium with gold medals at not only the American Classic, but the Alamo Classic, the Houston National Invitational and the Secret U.S. Classic.
In 2013, she shined bright with all-around gold at the U.S P&G Championship and became the first African American Woman to win the all-around gold medal at the World Championship. In 2014 she was a repeat success, taking home gold at the World Championship in all-around competition, as well as the Secret U.S. Classic.
In 2015, Biles became the first woman to win three consecutive World Championships and she earned her 10th gold medal, making her one of the world’s top gymnasts.
Biles qualified for the all-around competition after receiving scores of 15.6 on beam, 15.7 on floor, 16.0 on vault and 15.0 on uneven bars in the qualifying rounds of the Rio Olympic Games. With her teammates cheering her on and everything on the line, she claimed the top spot on the Olympic podium.
Over the years, Biles developed a signature move, which is the double flip with a half twist that is remarkable and helped guide her throughout her road to Rio. Her beautiful smile and powerful gymnastic routines lead her through this year’s Olympic Games giving people around the world something to be proud of. With so much passion and dedication, she is truly a pleasure to watch and inspiration for generations to come.