“Never Entered My Mind”- Simone Biles’ Mother Never Thought of Gymnastics as Her Career Sport


From winning Olympic gold medals to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the career of Simone Biles has been incredible. Since she stepped foot into gymnastics, the sensational Biles has earned greatness in the sport and beyond. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw her withdrawing from events after struggling with mental health issues. It became an iconic decision, and fans praised her achievement. However, her mother never thought of this sport as her calling card.

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In a previous interview, she explained how gymnastics did not come across as a sport for Biles to compete. Jumping up and down when she was young, she loved the sport since day one.

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Never a gymnast!

Nellie Biles didn’t realize that gymnastics created a sense of interest for her. But, she took to the sport as if it was a match made in heaven. It surprised her that Biles found herself in love with the sport. “I never ever thought gymnastics as a sport to put Simone in. That never entered my mind,” said Nellie. She remembered how it rained during a field trip, and instead of hitting the farm, they went to Bannon’s Gymnastix.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Simone Biles performs during the Gold Over America Tour at Staples Center on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

Simone Biles never saw the sport in magazines or on TV, and yet she adored it from the start. She imitated all the girls there and loved the sport. From there, she knew her career plans and her goals. After that, they sent a letter home to Nellie, and the rest, as they say, is history. Not aware of her talent, Biles adapted to the sport gracefully.

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She became the first gymnast to win three consecutive all-around titles at the World Championships, four Olympic gold medals, and many more titles to her name. And now, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Simone Biles is the youngest medal winner!

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President Joe Biden awarded the medal to Biles, making her the youngest person to receive this honor. Biles, 25, is among the 17 honorees who received the nation’s highest civilian honor. She is a prominent advocate of mental health and influences people to focus on mental health struggles. “When we see her compete, we see unmatched power and determination, grace and daring,” said Biden, in honor of the famous gymnast.

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From an ordinary field trip to becoming the greatest gymnast of all time, Biles is a living legend. She achieved unparalleled success, and although her comeback to gymnastics is tentative, she would probably return sometime soon. However, let’s enjoy the sensational honor she received from the president. Kudos Simone Biles!

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