5 Things to Know About Gymnast Simone Biles

Simone Biles is One of the Most Talented Gymnasts in History

Gymnast Simone Biles
Simone Biles. © Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

For the past three years, Simone Biles has dominated the American and international stage -- winning three straight world all-around titles, and three national championship crowns as well. She is the one to watch at the Rio Olympics this summer.

She is packed with power.

Biles is one of the most powerful gymnasts in the sport, and is able to complete incredibly hard skills that few others can do. She does a huge Amanar vault, and performs it with such ease and height that she's drawn comparisons to 2013 world champion on vault McKayla Maroney -- to whom she placed second at 2013 worlds.

Biles has now won three world medals (two silver and a bronze) on vault, and debuted a new Cheng vault early in 2016 that could very well help her win Olympic gold in that event in Rio. Watch Simone Biles on vault.

Biles translates that power to floor, too, where she competes full-twisting double layout, a tucked double-double and a floaty double layout with a half twist at the end, a move now named for her in the Code of Points. She has energy to spare on both, and has won three world titles in a row on floor. (Watch Biles on floor.) On beam, she performs one of the best full-in dismounts in the world. (Watch Biles on beam.)

She made an immediate impact after the 2012 Olympics.

Biles was two-and-a-half months too young to try for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team, but as soon as she was age-eligible to become a senior, she made her presence know. Her coming out party was at the 2013 American Cup, a World Cup competition held in Worcester, Mass.

on March 2, 2013. While Kyla Ross and Elizabeth Price were originally the two American representatives, both withdrew due to injury. Biles and Katelyn Ohashi were chosen as the replacement athletes.

Biles made the most of the huge opportunity, placing second in the all-around to Ohashi and winning both vault and bars.

It was a successful senior debut for Biles, at a big meet: Past gymnasts who've won the American Cup include Jordyn Wieber, Shawn Johnson, and Nastia Liukin.

She had an incredible year in 2013 ... and 2014 ... and 2015.

Biles wowed once again at her first US senior nationals, winning the all-around over Ross by .200. It was an impressive comeback, since just weeks earlier at the US Classic Biles had had a very rough competition. She rose to the occasion at nationals, performing with her trademark power and showing a new level of confidence throughout the meet. She went on to carry that winning streak to the 2013 worlds, where she captured the all-around title and floor title, and earned a silver on beam and bronze on vault.

In 2014, she defended her all-around title easily at US nationals, leading the US team to worlds once again. She then cemented her status as one of the best ever, with another gold in the all-around, as well as golds on beam and floor, and the silver on vault.

One year later, she matched both feats yet again, winning the all-around gold at worlds (as well as golds on beam, floor, and with the team, and a bronze on vault.)  Not surprisingly, she also became the US national champion for the third time in the row.

She is the hands-down favorite to win -- a lot of medals -- at the Rio Olympics.

Barring injury, Biles will lead the US Olympic team in August, and win a handful of medals individually as well. The US women are the heavy favorites to win team gold, and Biles is likely to win gold in the all-around, beam, floor, and possibly vault. Without jinxing the young star, it could be one of the most dominant performances in an Olympic competition since Vitaly Scherbo won six gold medals in 1992. (More Olympic predictions here.)

She is a Texan -- and loves Italian food.

Simone Biles was born March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio, but currently lives in Spring, Texas. Her parents are Nellie and Ronald Biles, and she has three siblings: Ronald II, Adam, and Adria. Biles likes Italian food, and names her favorite TV shows as Pretty Little Liars, Make It or Break It, and Toddlers and Tiaras.

In her free time she likes to shop, hang out with friends, swim, and play with her two German Shepherd dogs.

Biles is coached by Aimee Boorman at World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. She lists floor as her favorite event, and has said that the best thing about gymnastics is learning new skills.

Biles' Gymnastics Results:

International:

  • 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, Everett, Wash. - 1st-Team, AA (did not compete in event finals)
  • 2015 World Championships, Glasgow, Great Britain - 1st-Team, AA, BB, FX; 3rd-VT
  • 2015 Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, AA, VT, BB, FX
  • 2015 AT&T American Cup, Arlington, Texas - 1st-AA
  • 2014 World Championships, Nanning, China - 1st-Team, AA, BB, FX; 2nd-VT
  • 2013 World Championships, Antwerp, Belgium - 1st-AA, FX; 2nd-VT; 3rd-BB; 4th-UB
  • 2013 American Cup, Worcester, Mass. - 2nd-AA; 1st-VT; 1st-UB; 7th-BB;4th-FX
  • 2013 USA, Germany, Romania Tri-Meet, Chemnitz, Germany - 1st-Team; 2nd-AA(T)
  • 2013 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, AA, VT, BB, FX

National:

  • 2015 P&G Championships (US Nationals), Indianapolis, Ind. - 1st-AA, VT, BB; 2nd-FX; 5th-UB
  • 2015 Secret US Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-AA, VT, BB, FX; 4th-UB
  • 2014 P&G Championships (US Nationals), Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1st-AA, VT, FX; 2nd-BB(T); 4th-UB
  • 2014 Secret US Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-AA, VT, BB(T), FX; 4th-UB
  • 2013 P&G Championships (US Nationals), Hartford, Conn. - 1st-AA; 2nd-VT, UB, BB, FX
  • 2013 Secret US Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 7th-BB; 8th-FX(T)
  • 2012 Visa Championships (US Nationals), St. Louis, Mo. - 1st-VT; 3rd-AA; 6th-UB, BB(T), FX (Jr. Div.)
  • 2012 Secret US Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-AA, VT; 2nd-FX(T); 6th-BB (Jr. Div.)
  • 2012 American Classic, Huntsville, Texas - 1st-AA, VT; 2ND-FX(T); 3rd-BB; 4th-UB (Jr. 2)
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US Nationals), Saint Paul, Minn. - 7th-VT(T) (Jr. Div.)
  • 2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 5th-VT(T), FX (Jr. Div.)
  • 2011 American Classic, Huntsville, Texas - 1st-VT, BB; 3rd-AA; 4th-FX; 8th-UB (Jr. 1)
  • 2011 Gliders Elite Qualifier, Riverside, Calif. - 1st-VT, BB, AA; 3rd-FX; 5th-UB
  • 2010 2010 Women's Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships (Junior A), Dallas, Texas - 1st -FX, 3rd-VT(T)

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