Simone Biles is a phenomenon in the world of gymnastics. The sportsperson, still only 22, has a list of achievements so long it beggars belief: 2016 Olympic individual all-round, vault and floor gold medallist; five-time World all-around champion; five-time World floor exercise champion. With 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, she’s the most decorated US gymnast and third most-decorated gymnast in history. She’s routinely been called “the greatest of all time.”
“If we’re talking about domination, nothing like that has ever happened in our sport,” former gymnast Nadia Comaneci told USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t think there will ever be anything like that. She’s one of a kind.”
Four skills have been named after Biles, two on floor exercise, one on vault, and one on the balance beam. In August 2019, a video of her becoming the first woman in history to land a triple double on her floor routine racked up millions of views.
USA Today added: “The expectations on her are sky-high, and she is nearing that crossover celebrity status. The video of her triple-double at nationals practically broke the Internet, and she will no doubt be the face of the Tokyo Games with Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt now retired.” The site said she was one of the few athletes who are transcendent, in a league with Phelps, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods.
“I don’t think anything really intimidates me,” the bubbly, energetic Biles said in an interview for the Olympics YouTube channel. “I never think about the records. I honestly just try to do my work.”
She won Gold in five categories at the 2019 World Championships.
In 2018, Biles became one of a long list of athletes to say she had been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who has been sentenced to at least 100 years in prison. In an emotionally charged interview in August 2019, Biles heavily criticised USA Gymnastics for their handling of the case, saying they had “one job, and literally couldn’t protect us.”Tags: Athlete, Gymast, Olympics, USA