Simone Biles, A 5-time U.S. Olympic Medalist Of Haitian Descent
Simone Arianne Biles is an U.S. artistic gymnast born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning 19 Olympic and World Championship medals. Before the Rio Olympic, her medal haul included 14 total world championship medals, including all-around gold in 2013, 2014 and 2015. With 10 world championship gold medals, Simone holds the record for the most ever won by a female gymnast. In the 2016 U.S Olympic team, she took part in all-around, vault & floor exercise champion and balance beam. Her 4 gold medals in the Rio tie the Olympic record for a female gymnast in a single Games and her five 2016 Olympic medals, tie for the most by a U.S. gymnast, she is four times U.S. all-around champion (2013-16), three-time world floor champion (2013-15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015). Simone is also a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Biles discovered her abilities at an early age. She began her career as gymnast in 2007, and by 2011 she had cemented her standing at the junior elite level. In 2011, she won the top spot in the vault and balance beam events and finished third in the all-around at the American Classic. In Rio, Simone wowed gymnastics fans with an impressive performance, winning the all-around title and first in the floor exercise and vault.
Simone's childhood was never a happy one. Both of her parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol and were unable to take care for any of their four children. Simone's father abandoned his family and was never present in his daughter's life. She and her sister, Adria, were raised by their grandfather Ron and grandmother Nellie who eventually officially adopted the two girls, and Biles calls her grandmother "Mom." Her grandfather, is originally from Haiti, and is a retired air traffic controller, and grandmother emigrated from Belize. Under the new Haitian Constitution Simone could have represented Haiti, if she wanted to.
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