She Was Abandoned By Both Of Her Parents, Now She’s The Best Athlete In The World!
Simone Biles, a 19-year-old gymnast for Team U.S.A., has already laid her mark in history as she stands decorated in gold medals in Rio.
Biles can pull off moves that other gymnasts could only dream of performing. Her acrobatic abilities defy all laws of gravity! Her routines and dismounts are so complex, that she is now being given the undeniable title of Champion.
Here is her signature move, known as “The Biles”:
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Companies have flocked to her in hopes that she will sign endorsement deals of tens of million dollars. All of this wouldn’t have been possible, had she not been adopted.
According to Texas Monthly,
Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997 to drug-addicted parents who struggled to care for their children. Biles and her three siblings were shuffled back and forth between their mother’s house and a foster home. (Biles’s father had abandoned her mother and was never present in his daughter’s life.)
When I asked her what memories she has from those days, Biles recalled that one of the foster homes had a trampoline that she and her siblings weren’t allowed to play on.
Her upbringing was never stable. She bounced back and forth between state and foster care until she was six years old. In 2001, her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, officially adopted Simone and her sister and moved them to Spring, Texas.
At the time, the sisters called Ron and Nellie “Grandpa” and “Grandma,” but one day Nellie sat Simone and Adria down for a talk. “She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us Mom and Dad,’ ” Simone remembered
“I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘Mom, Dad, Mom, Dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘Mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ ”
Her family made sure to introduce Simone to her Christian faith. She attends mass with her family every Sunday when she is not competing.
In a typical week Biles trains on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 5:30; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 to noon and 3 to 6; and on Saturdays from 9 to 1. On Sundays, her one day off, she goes to church with her family.
She’s breaking records at the Olympics while making her country proud, all because of her adoptive family that pushed her to make her dreams a reality.