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

From the moment Simone Biles stepped foot in the gym at age six, it was clear that she had a special talent. Little did anyone know that this tiny gymnast would go on to become an absolute powerhouse and the most decorated female gymnast of all time! With 30 years of US domination in gymnastics, it can be hard for one person to stand out – but Simone Biles has done just that. Join us as we explore her incredible journey from humble beginnings to Olympic gold medalist at just 16 years old.

Her Childhood Circumstances Were Less Than Ideal

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.

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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.