Simone Arianne Biles is an American Artistic Gymnast who is currently America’s most decorated gymnast with a total of 30 medals in the World Championships and the Olympics. Known for her powerful legs and incredible balance, Biles has been smashing records and setting new heights in the world of gymnastics. In this Simone Biles biography facts, childhood, personal life and net worth, we present an in-depth review of the profile and life of the top gymnast from childhood to present. Other interesting highlights include her career, accomplishments and other onscreen and offscreen facts about her life.
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Simone Biles Biography Facts, Age, Wiki
- Full Name: Simone Arianne Biles
- Date of Birth: March 14, 1997
- Age: 26 years old
- Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, US
- Home Town / Residence: Spring, Texas, US
- Nationality: American
- Height: 4 ft 9 in (142 cm)
- Weight: 47kg (103lbs)
- Education: Home Schooled
- Occupation: Artistic Gymnast (Women’s artistic gymnastics)
- National Team Career: US (2012–2016, 2018–present)
- Current Gym: World Champions Center
- Birth Parents:
- Birth Father: Ronald Biles
- Birth Mother: Nellie Biles
- Foster Parents:
- Father: Kelvin Clemons
- Mother: Shannon Biles
- Brother: Tevin Biles-Thomas
- Sisters: Adria Biles, Ashley Biles-Thomas
- Marital Status: Single
- Partner: Stacey Erwin
- Money Facts:
- Net Worth: $4 million
- Salary: $2 million
- Zodiac: Pisces
Simone Biles Childhood/Early Life & Family Background
Simone Arianne Biles was born on the 14th of March 1997 in Columbus Ohio as the third of four children to Kelvin Clemons and Shannon Biles. Her parents suffered from drugs and alcohol addictions and were deemed unfit parents for their children, so Simone and her siblings had to go into foster care.
Until the couple Ronald and Nellie Biles (Simone’s maternal grandparents) along with Ron’s sister Harriet Thomas came to adopt them all, Simone and her younger sister Adria went to live with Ronald in Houston Texas, while her elder siblings Tevin and Ashley went to live with their great aunt in Cleveland, Ohio.
Biles grew up in Houston and first came in contact with gymnastics when her daycare group visited a gymnastics club on a field trip when she was 6 years old. She began imitating the moves of other gymnasts and was soon spotted by the instructors, who immediately sent her home with a letter requesting that she be permitted to join the gymnastics club by her parents.
Biles proved to be better at gymnastics than most of her peers and her parents soon switched to homeschooling after she had finished her primary education, to afford her more training hours.
Simone Biles Gymnastics Career, Accomplishments & Awards
Biles kicked off her professional career when she began competing as a level 8 gymnast in 2007. By the end of 2011, she claimed the top spot in the vault and balance beam events and was third in the all-around American Classics. Her final season in the Junior leagues could not have gone any better—she won the all-around events at the Alamo Classics, the US Secret Classic, the Houston National invitational and the American Classics all in 2012.
In her first year at the senior level, Biles showed just how good she was when she burst into the spotlight by winning the 2013 all-around USA Gymnastics Championship. After a few bumps on the road which saw her lose her motivation to win for a short while, she qualified for her first World Championship tournament. She took the gold medal in the all-around event and became the 7th American woman and the first African American athlete to win a gold medal in the all-around of the World Championships.
2014 was an even better year for Biles, even though she missed the first two competitions because of an injury. She came back to win gold medals at the all-around event in the U.S and World Championships. Her next event in the same year saw her win the floor exercise, vault, balance beam and the all-around titles of the Secret U.S. Classics where she first performed her signature move, a double flip and a half twist which was soon to be known as the Biles.
In 2015, she won her third all-around gold medal, after winning gold in all four events to become the first woman to win the title three times in a row to make it her 10th gold medal in the international competition in just three years. With her tremendous victories in the world championships, she became one of the United States top prospects to bring home a gold medal in the Olympics and began training at the World Champions Center in Texas’s Spring.
Pacific Rim & the Olympics
Biles did compete at the Pacific Rim Championship tournament which was held in Everett, Washington in April 2016, and won the all-around title. She then went on to pick 4 gold medals at the U.S National Championship for winning the all-around, balance beam, vault and floor exercise events earning her spot in team USA’s The Last five for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
On August 9 2016, Biles showed how much of a force she was with her impressive 15.3 points on the balance beam, a 15.93 in the vault event, and an awesome floor exercise where she performed her signature move The Biles to the joy of the crowd earning 15.8 points and leading The Last Five to gold medals. They became the third United States team to win gold medals, with the other two teams winning in 1996 and the 2012 Olympics.
Biles’s quest to dominate did not end with the team’s gold, she won the women’s all-around gold medal with yet another thrilling display winning with a huge 2.1 point gap over the runner up and fellow teammate Aly Raisman. Biles’ victory was truly spectacular, her 2.1 lead was larger than the combined leads of all gold medalist gymnasts from the 1980 Olympics down to 2012. She went on to take 2 more gold medals in the singles floor exercise and the vault competition, before picking up a bronze medal after faltering in the balance beam competition. With 4 gold medals in the Summer Olympics, she became the 4th gymnast to take home 4 gold medals from a single Olympic games.
After her huge success in the Olympics, Biles took the whole of 2017 off and returned to full intensive training and conditioning. She was then re-added to the National Team. Her first competition was the U.S Gymnastics Championship winning gold medals on all four events to become the first woman to win 5 national all-around titles. In 2019, Biles showed just how much she had changed her routines pulling off the double-double dismount from the balance beam, before performing a triple-double in the floor exercise to take home her 6th National Championship. In the World Championships, she claimed her fifth all-around gold medal and became the first female to hold 25 World Championship medals.
Simone Biles Net Worth, Salary & Endorsements
After claiming her second World Championship gold medals in 2015, Biles signed with Octagon, who also sponsored Michael Phelps the Olympics swimmer. She then signed with Nike a few months later. With her stunning victories in the Olympics came a lot more sponsors like Procter & Gamble, United Airlines, Beats by Dre and the Hershey Company. Biles’ current net worth is valued at $4 million with a yearly salary of $2 million.
Simone Biles Personal Life
Biles announced in 2017 that she is currently in a relationship with fellow gymnast Stacey Erwin.
Simone Biles has always considered her success story to be a source of inspiration to everyone, especially young female athletes who aspire to compete and win at an elite level. She partnered with Michelle Buford (an American journalist) to write an autobiography titled ‘Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life In Balance. The book hit the number 1 spot of the ‘New York Times bestseller in the young adults’ category.’ In January 2018 Biles tweeted that she was also one of the victims of Larry Nassar a Gymnastics physician who was sentenced to 40 – 175 years in prison for several counts of sexual abuse on female athletes and child pornography.
Her elder brother Tevin was involved in a triple homicide in Cleveland and has been found guilty. When She heard the shocking news about her brother, she expressed her condolences to the victims on Twitter.
Simone Biles is famously dubbed the ‘4-foot 9-inch giant‘ by pundits and the media.
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