Simone Arianne Biles is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and the world's third most decorated gymnast, behind Belarus' Vitaly Scherbo and Russia's Larisa Latynina.
Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14th of 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. Simone and her three siblings were constantly in and out of foster care while she was growing up. Her grandmother started playing an active role in her upbringing in 2000, and during this period Biles grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Raised in a Catholic home, Simone maintained strong roots to Belize while growing up, as her mother is Belizean. To this day, she holds Belizean citizenship.
At a young age, it became clear that Simone was destined for a career as a professional gymnast. She was subsequently pulled out of class and homeschooled for the rest of her secondary education. This allowed her to train over 33% more, and before she had attended university, Simone was competing in the Olympics at the highest level.
Biles began her gymnastics career extremely early, and by the age of 8 she was training with coaches like Aimee Boorman. At the age of 14, she competed in the American Classic in Houston. She finished third. In 2012, she placed first at the American Classic in Huntsville. That year, she was named to the US Junior National Team. In 2013, she made her senior international debut at the American Cup before competing at the City of Jesolo Trophy and help the United States team win a gold medal.
A poor performance at the 2013 US Classic prompted Márta Károlyi to invite Simone to a private camp, and the young gymnast also started working with a sports psychologist. Better results followed, and Simone was then selected for the World Championships team. Another clear performance at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics Championships helped her win another first-place finish. By the point, the 16-year-old was already proving to be an incredible talent, and she was outperforming international gymnasts that were much more experienced.
Things started slowly in 2014 due to a shoulder injury, but Biles bounced back with the US Classic in Chicago, winning the competition by a wide margin. She competed once moe in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, helping the United States claim another victory and gold medal. In 2015, she placed first at the AT&T American Cup in Arlington, Texas. This performance helped her earn a nomination for the James E. Sullivan Award. More victories came with the City of Jesolo Trophy, the U.S. Classic, and the US National Championships.
Along with other high-profile American gymnasts, Biles represented the United States at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, winning the competition for the third consecutive time. By this point, she had won a total of 14 World Championships medals. A string of strong results continued in 2016, and Biles was inevitable selected to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics that year in Brazil.
Simone helped the US team qualify in first place that at the 2016 Olympics, and she also qualified as the top overall gymnast in four of the five individual finals. She soon won her first Olympic gold medal at the team event, and she followed up with a gold medal in the individual all-around category. She also claimed bronze at the balance beam final and another gold in the women's floor exercise final for a total of four Olympic gold medals. After taking a brief hiatus from competing, she continued her gymnastic career with upgraded routines from 2018 onwards.
Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast who has a net worth of $6 million. Simone is the most accomplished American gymnast of all time with a total of 30 medals to her name (both Olympic and World Championship medals). This tally also makes her the third-most decorated gymnast in world history, behind Vitaly Scherbo and Larisa Latynina. Some of her most notable accomplishments occurred during the 2016 Summer Olympics, during which she competed as part of the US team known as the "Final Five." Many believe that Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time.