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Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Biles’s parents, Ron and Nellie, adopted her and her younger sister at a young age. She grew up near Houston in Spring, Texas, with her parents and her siblings Adria, Ron II and Adam. While she considers Columbus her hometown, she currently resides in Texas. From a young age, Biles was often found bouncing and jumping around. At the age of six, she was introduced to the sport of gymnastics on a school field trip to Bannon’s Gymnastix. On this field trip, Biles began imitating the gymnasts’ moves. She came home and insisted her parents enroll her in a gymnastics class.
Biles started training under coach Aimee Boorman at Bannon’s Gymnastix. She stayed at the gym for 11 years. In 2010, at the age of 13, Biles competed at the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships. At the competition, she won a gold in floor exercise and a bronze in vault. The next year, she broke into the elite level of competition. In 2013, Biles began breaking records. She became the first Black woman to win the all-around title at the world gymnastics championships. It was her first year competing at the world championships and her first year as a senior level competitor. At the world championships the following year, Biles won four gold medals: in women’s team competition, individual all-around, balance beam and floor exercise events. In 2015, Biles continued to break records. She won the all-around world champion title for the third year in a row. Biles was the first athlete to do so since Kim Zmeskal in 1992. Her medal wins at the 2015 World Championships brought her to a career total of 14 world championship medals. This is the most world championship medals ever earned by a U.S. gymnast, either male or female. This means Biles earned the title of most decorated World Championship American gymnast.