BILES Simone

14 Mar 1997
24
Female
1.42/4'7''
COLUMBUS, OH
 
United States of America
HOUSTON, TX
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

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Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocationBBFXUBVTAATeam
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA3114111

World Championships
YearLocationBBFXUBVTAATeam
2019Stuttgart, GER115111
2018Doha, QAT312111
2015Glasgow, GBR1110311
2014Nanning, CHN1157211
2013Antwerp, BEL31421-

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2017
YearAA
20191 x 1st

World Cup - Ten best performances since 2017
RankYearEventLocationResult
12019All-AroundStuttgart, GER58.800


Legend
BB - Balance Beam, FX - Floor Excercise, UB - Uneven Bars, VT - Vault, AA - Individual All-Around, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified
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$imoney (usagym.org, 13 Jun 2012)
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Athlete
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Partner Jonathan Owens
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English
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World Champions Centre [Spring, TX, USA]
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Laurent Landi [personal], FRA, from 2017; Cecile Landi [personal], FRA, from 2017
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Her partner Jonathan Owens has played American football in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. (Instagram profile, 05 Apr 2021; Jonathan Owens Instagram profile, 05 Feb 2021)
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In November 2018, despite suffering with a kidney stone, she won six medals at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The previous month she had competed with a broken toe at the US selection camp for the tournament. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Nov 2018; theroot.com, 15 Oct 2018; Twitter profile, 13 Oct 2018)

She suffered an injury to her right shoulder in early 2014 that was aggravated during a training session with the US national team. She had to withdraw from the American Cup in March 2014 and the Pacific Rim Championships the following month due to the injury. She returned to competition in August 2014. (blog.chron.com, 27 Feb 2014; teamusa.org, 03 Aug 2014; universalsports.com, 02 Aug 2014; youtube.com, 05 Jan 2015)

She underwent surgery in October 2013 to have a bone spur removed from the bottom of her right tibia. She was sidelined for three weeks following the surgery. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 01 Aug 2014; gymnastike.org, 15 Oct 2013)
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2012 (marieclaire.com, 21 Dec 2015)
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She began the sport at age six while on a daycare field trip to Bannon's Gymnastix in Houston, TX, United States of America. (gym-style.com, 01 Dec 2014; usagym.org, 13 Jun 2012)
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While visiting a gym with her daycare centre she was noticed by a coach. "While there I imitated the other gymnasts, and the coach noticed. The gym sent home a letter requesting that I join tumbling or gymnastics." (gym-style.com, 01 Dec 2014; usagym.org, 13 Jun 2012)
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To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 18 Jan 2018)
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"Let your faith be bigger than your fears." (Twitter profile, 30 May 2015)
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She was named the 2019 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. (apnews.com, 26 Dec 2019)

In 2018 she was named ESPN Magazine's Most Dominant Athlete of the Year. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 11 Dec 2018)

She was named Best Female Athlete at the 2017 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards in the United States of America. (people.com, 12 Jul 2017)

At the 2017 and 2019 Laureus Awards she was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. (bbc.co.uk, 18 Feb 2019; 14 Feb 2017)

She was named 2016 Female Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy. (fis-ski.com, 26 Jan 2017)

She was named the Best Female Athlete of 2016 by the International Sports Press Association [AIPS]. For the same year she was also named Associated Press Athlete of the Year and received the Champion of Champions award from the French sports newspaper L'Equipe. (fig-gymnastics.com, 04 Jan 2017)

She was the US flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (usatoday.com, 22 Aug 2016)

She was named 2015 Female Olympic Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 11 Dec 2015)

General Interest

General
PARIS POSSIBILITY
In April 2021, after she had initially planned to retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, stated that she may continue to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "Right now, my focus is the [Tokyo] Olympic Games, Afterwards, I'm not so sure because [coaches] Cecile and Laurent [Landi] are from Paris and so they have kind of guilted me into at least being a specialist and coming back, but the main goal is the 2021 Olympics first." (bbc.co.uk, 08 Apr 2021)

HIATUS
In November 2016 she announced that she would be taking a break from competitive gymnastics. She made the announcement while promoting her book, 'Courage to Soar'. "I am going to take some time off from the gym, just so that I can go out, have fun and really just embrace the moment that we have. Especially vacation, because I couldn't do that before with how much I trained. I was always in the gym. I think my body needs a rest. It is breaking down on me for a little bit." After undertaking promotional activities and appearing on US dance competition TV show 'Dancing with the Stars', she decided to return to training in November 2017 with new coach Laurent Landi. She returned to competition at the US Classic in July 2018. (usatoday.com, 01 Nov 2017; flogymnastics.com, 17 Oct 2017; nbcsports.com, 18 Nov 2016; usatoday.com, 28 Jul 2018)

NAMED ELEMENTS
In December 2018 the International Gymnastics Federation [FIG] entered a vault element named the 'Biles' into the Code of Points. She first performed the element at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. It involves a round off flic-flac with half turn [180°] on to a stretched salto forward with two/one turn [720°] off. She has a further three elements named after her in the Code of Points. (espn.co.uk, 13 Oct 2019; gymnastics.sport, 21 Dec 2018)

Legend
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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