Seven weeks after Tokyo 2020, Simone Biles is back in action.
The seven-time Olympic medallist is headlining the ‘Gold Over America Tour,’ a 35-city United States gymnastics show that begins Tuesday (21 September) in Tucson, Arizona. Widely referred to as one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, the show’s initials spell out GOAT in a nod to ‘greatest of all time.’
Since Tokyo, Biles’ life has been a whirlwind: from vacation in Mexico, to the MTV Video Music Awards and Met Gala. Last week, Biles delivered powerful testimony to the United States Senate about the abuse she and hundreds of other girls and young women suffered at the hands of the former U.S. gymnastics team doctor.
Announced in late 2019, Biles has said having her own national tour is a goal finally realised.
“And I’m off for two months,” she posted on Instagram last week, posing in front of a black bus. “I can’t believe I get to have my own tour. Seriously, a dream come true. Can’t wait to see all of the girls, meet all the fans and explore all of the cities!
“GOLD OVER AMERICA TOUR, I’m coming for ya.”
In addition to what Biles called ‘big girl’ gymnastics Sunday in an Instagram Q&A about the tour, the arena-hour show will feature a section on mental health. The 24-year-old withdrew from several medal rounds at Tokyo 2020 to focus on her mental health, igniting a global conversation that she called more important than any of her medals.
“Besides meeting all of the fans in every city and seeing their faces at the shows, I would say the story line of the show,” Biles said Sunday (19 September) evening in response to a question about what she is most excited about for the tour during her Instagram Q&A. “It’s so powerful and inspiring.”
Stars to watch
Biles will be joined by fellow Tokyo 2020 Olympic medallists Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and MyKayla Skinner. 2016 Olympic team champion Laurie Hernandez, who also owns a balance beam silver medal, and 2008 Olympic team silver medallist Chellsie Memmel, the 2005 world all-around champion, complete the show’s roster of Olympic medallists.
Olympians Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France and three-time Olympian Ellie Black of Canada are also part of the show. 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd, U.S. national team member Shilese Jones, and former UCLA gymnasts and viral sensations Katelyn Ohashi and Nia Dennis round out the cast of gymnasts.
And here is the complete schedule:
Tucson, Arizona (21 September)
Glendale, Arizona (22 September)
Anaheim, California (24 September)
Los Angeles, California (25 September)
San Jose, California (26 September)
San Francisco, California (28 September)
Sacramento, California (29 September)
Boise, Idaho (1 October)
West Valley City, Utah (2 October)
Denver, Colorado (3 October)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (5 October)
San Antonio, Texas (6 October)
Houston, Texas (8 October)
Fort Worth, Texas (9 October)
North Little Rock, Arkansas (10 October)
Kansas City, Missouri (12 October)
Minneapolis, Minnesota (13 October)
St. Louis, Missouri (15 October)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (16 October)
Chicago, Illinois (17 October)
Columbus, Ohio (19 October)
Cleveland, Ohio (20 October)
Indianapolis, Indiana (22 October)
Louisville, Kentucky (23 October)
Detroit, Michigan (24 October)
Duluth, Georgia (26 October)
Charlotte, North Carolina (27 October)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (29 October)
Newark, New Jersey (30 October)
Washington, D.C. (31 October)
Hartford, Connecticut (2 November)
Bridgeport, Connecticut (3 November)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5 November)
Brooklyn, New York (6 November)
Boston, Massachusetts (7 November)