Simone Biles, in full Simone Ariane Biles, (born March 14, 1997, Columbus, Ohio, USA), is an American gymnast who was considered one of the greatest athletes in the sport. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she became the first female gymnast to win four gold medals in a single Games, and she was the first gymnast to win three consecutive world all-around titles (2013-15).
Biles grew up in Spring, Texas, in the Houston metropolitan area, after she and her sister Adria were adopted by their grandparents, Ronald and Nellie Biles. Simone became interested in gymnastics at age six during a daycare field trip to Bannon Gymnastics, and she stayed there for 11 years under her coach, Amy Boorman. Biles won gold on the floor and bronze on the vault at the 2010 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships before stepping up to the elite level of competition in 2011.
Less than two years later, he dominated the sport. What set Biles apart was her consistency, feisty personality and the high degree of difficulty she incorporated into her routine on all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
In 2013, her first year as a senior competitor, the 4-foot-9-inch (1.45-meter) Biles won the title at her first world gymnastics championships, becoming the first African-American woman to claim the title. She also won the floor exercise, won the silver medal on the vault and brought home the bronze medal on the balance beam.
At the 2014 World Championships, Biles won four gold medals in the women’s team event and individual all-around, balance beam and floor exercise. He also won a silver medal in the pole vault.