Simone Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1997 to drug addicted parents who struggled to care for their children. She recalled being in a foster home that had a trampoline that she and her siblings were not allowed to play on.
It was at age 6 that her life changed forever thanks to adoption. Biles was bounced back and forth between foster homes until she was 6 years old. In 2001, her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, officially adopted Simone and her sister and moved them to Spring, Texas.
Ron and Nellie introduced her to gymnastics. After a year at their local gym in Texas, Simone was discovered by Aimee Boorman, a former competitive gymnast and trainer. She helped Simone reach her potential and became her mentor in the world of gymnastics. They also introduced her to the church. Ron and Nellie Biles brought Simone to mass every Sunday. She still carries a rosary that her mother gave her. Biles still attends mass with her family and attests that her faith and her grounding in her family is what enables her to achieve such heights as a gymnast.
Simone is now on her way to becoming the greatest gymnast the world has ever seen. That is high praise for a sport that has seen several great superstars tumble across the mat and achieve gold. The accolades come from her peers who call her “the greatest ever.” Biles is able, with ease, to pull off moves other gymnasts could only dream about in a world seemingly unbound by the laws of gravity. Her routines and dismounts are so complex and so rarely seen in competition, they just name them after her. One two and a half flip with a twist has been named “The Biles.”
Even before the 2016 Olympic games begin, Biles is already the most decorated gymnast in U.S.Olympic history. In Rio, she is on track to bring home 5 gold medals. The U.S gymnastic team finished the first day of competition a full 10 points ahead of the nearest team. Biles has led the way with almost flawless routines.
All of her achievement and success would not have been possible without the selfless act of adoption on the part of her grandparents whom she has referred to as ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ ever since they requested that she refer to them as such shortly after her adoption.