The Incredible Story Of How Simone Biles Became The Most Decorated Female Gymnast

The US has dominated gymnastics for over 30 years. With so many talented female gymnasts in the country, it can be hard for one to stick out. But Simone Biles does. Biles began training in gymnastics at age 6 and made her first Olympics at age 16. Let’s take a look at the incredible story of how Simone Biles became the most decorated female gymnast of all time.

Biles Had A Difficult Childhood

Simone Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio in March of 1997 into circumstances that weren’t ideal. Her mother, Shanon and her father both suffered from substance abuse problems. Simone and her siblings were placed in foster care.

The 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, USA Gymnastics National Championships.
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They didn’t stay there for long, though. Simone’s Grandfather Ronald and his wife Nellie took custody of the gymnast and her sister. Biles grew up in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas and got into gymnastics at an early age.