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Athletes to Watch: Simone Biles

After taking about a year off from the sport following the Rio Games, the four-time 2016 Olympic gold medalist returned to competition in July 2018 under a new coach, Laurent Landi. Landi previously coached Biles’ Rio teammate, Madison Kocian, to silver on uneven bars at the 2016 Olympics, and under Landi’s guidance Biles has significantly improved her own uneven bars routine, making her a medal threat in a sixth event for Tokyo.

In her comeback – she won medals in all six events at the 2018 World Championships, including four golds – Biles has defied all reasonable expectations for a returning gymnast by increasing her level of difficulty from the Rio Games, and improving upon her weakest apparatus, uneven bars.

She became the first woman since 1987 to win a medal in all six events at Worlds, and she did so while dealing with a kidney stone throughout the competition.

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Athlete Info

Sport Gymnastics
Height 4'8"
Weight 105
Date of Birth March 14th, 1997
Hometown Spring, Texas
Current Residence Spring, Texas
Trivia

Simone is the most decorated female gymnast in U.S. history with 14 world medals and 10 golds. She has four dogs; Maggie, Atlas, Lily and Bella. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Simone was the shortest of the 555 U.S. Olympic athletes.

 

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