You know her. You watched the Olympics last summer. She’s the best in the world. Like actually, Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time. And she’s an incredible role model, displaying the most enormous work ethic you’ve ever seen and a bubbly personality too. The nineteen-year old regularly tweets out inspirational words of wisdom and support to her friends and followers. And Biles, who’s in the gym 32 hours a week, knows a bit about sacrificing to achieve her dreams. She missed out on public school, prom, and football games so that she could instead focus on gymnastics while being homeschooled. And it’s definitely paid off. Her teammates, foreign gymnasts, and even stars like Mary Lou Retton have noted that she’s “in a class all by herself.” Oh yeah, and she just signed a deal with Nike – a sure sign that any athlete has made it. Biles says, “A successful competition for me is always going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever I’m doing.” But let’s be real, she usually wins too.
PS – This photo of her standing next to Shaq is currently blowing up the Internet.
“To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am,” she says. “We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.”