What you need to know:
- Simone Biles' passion in acrobatics during her infantry, exposed her to the e painful life of gymnastics.
- She terminated the criminal life of US gymnastics physician, Larry Nassar. Her evidence led to a life conviction of Mr Nasser, who had sexually assaulted and exploited her and other young female gymnasts.
Simone Biles' passion in acrobatics during her infantry, exposed her to the e painful life of gymnastics.
This was testament to constructing her impregnable work ethic, tenacity and gallantry. These traits led her to consecutive victories at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp Belgium in 2013, Nanning China in 2014 and Glasgow Scotland in 2015, all before the age of 19.
She terminated the criminal life of US gymnastics physician, Larry Nassar. Her evidence led to a life conviction of Mr Nasser, who had sexually assaulted and exploited her and other young female gymnasts.
In her memoir, Courage to Soar, Simone articulates her journey, depicting a restless, malnourished, agitated child. Tormented by foster care, adoption and jostled into an emotionally arduous occupation, gymnastics. She reveals her trepidation, with her narcotic, abusive mother Shannon Biles, leading to Simone's consternation battles with mental illness.
Simone and her youngest sister Adria, were legally adopted by their grandparents, after Shannon was admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre. Born in Columbus Ohio, Simone and Adria, moved to the suburb of Spring, in March 2000, when she was three.
There was a trampoline in the backyard, which she instantaneously prompted to use. She precipitated back flips, regardless of restrictions from her grandparents.
"I've always been stubborn," she writes. "When I got into gymnastics, that stubbornness was mostly a good thing."
Simone was accidentally discovered at Bannon's Gymnastixs, at age six. She was randomly effectuating callisthenics at the gym after a cancelled summer camp. She was subsequently trained by her new personal trainer, Aimee Boorman.
In the 2011 Visa National Championships in St Paul, Minnesota,her dreams almost came to an emotional halt. She finished 14th and missed making it to the 13-women US national team.
"I lacked polish, the finishing details," she writes. "But I did have two things going for me, I was fearless and eager to learn."
She then assimilated a rigorous training regimen of 35 hours weekly. To provide primary attention to gymnastics, Simone abstained from customary schooling and was home-schooled. In May 2012, she secured an overall first place at the US Secret Classic in Chicago, Illinois. She then obtained third position at the subsequent Visa National Championships in St Louis, Missouri, in June.
At every tournament she competed in for the entire 2012 season, she won first place in the vault competition. She earned a bronze medal and made it to the 2012 US junior women's national team at age 14.
She attained a gold medal at the P&G Championship meet on August 17, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut, becoming the US national gymnastics champion for 2013, and acquiring not only individual gold, but also winning silver in all four events.
She was then exalted to the US national senior team before being selected for the US World Championship team. She competed in her first World Championship in Belgium, in 2013. Fostering two gold medals for the floor category, silver for vault, and bronze for the balance beam. She became the first black woman gymnast to win a World championship gold.
She repeated the virtuoso achievement in the green city of Nanning China in 2014 and in Glasgow Scotland in 2015, cultivating the first World Championship gold medal three-peat, in gymnastics history. She won 14 medals in all the three world championships, ten of them gold, making her the most decorated American female gymnast in history.
First American woman
Simone precociously averted joining University of California and legally turned professional. Authorising monetary respite and judicially permitting herself to sign affluent endorsement contracts. Colossal opulent sponsors enriched her fortune to $6 million, while readying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In Rio, she won the vault category, becoming the first American woman to win gold in that event, at the Olympics. Her superlative execution earned her four gold medals and one bronze. Furnishing women with the ethos of persistence, regardless of formidable perplexities.
Jeff Anthony is a novelist, a Big Brother Africa 2 Kenyan representative and founder of Jeff's Fitness Centre @jeffbigbrother