Simone Biles

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Simone Biles
— Gymnast —
Full nameSimone Arianne Biles
Country represented United States
Born(1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 17)
Columbus, Ohio
ResidenceSpring, Texas
Height4'9"
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2012 -present
GymWorld Champions Centre (2014-), Bannon's Gymnastix Inc. (2003-2014)
Head coach(es)Aimee Boorman
Assistant coach(es)Luis Brasesco
Eponymous skills(FloorExercise) Double Layout Half Out
 
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Simone Biles
— Gymnast —
Full nameSimone Arianne Biles
Country represented United States
Born(1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 17)
Columbus, Ohio
ResidenceSpring, Texas
Height4'9"
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2012 -present
GymWorld Champions Centre (2014-), Bannon's Gymnastix Inc. (2003-2014)
Head coach(es)Aimee Boorman
Assistant coach(es)Luis Brasesco
Eponymous skills(FloorExercise) Double Layout Half Out

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the reigning 2013 US National All-Around Champion and 2013 World All-Around Champion.[1]

Biles is the 2012 Junior National Champion on vault, and also won a bronze medal in the all-around competition.[2][3]

Biles competed at the 2013 American Cup, an FIG World Cup event.[4] She and Katelyn Ohashi were named as replacements for Elizabeth Price and Kyla Ross, both of whom withdrew from the competition roster due to injuries.[5][6][7] The competition served as the debut of both gymnasts as senior international elites, where Ohashi won gold and Biles took silver.[8]

Biles continued her first senior year with wins in Italy, Germany, and Hartford, Connecticut, at the national championships.

Personal life[edit]

Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. Because her mother was unable to care for her and her siblings, Simone's grandparents, Ronald and Nellie Biles, adopted Simone and her sister Adria. She has two brothers named Ronald and Adam. She is a homeschooled 11th grader and will graduate in 2015.[9]

Biles trains 60 hours per week.[9]

In 2014, she switched gyms to train at AIM Athletics. This is only temporary and will train at World Champions Centre following it's completion. Her parents are the owners of WCC.

Junior career[edit]

2011[edit]

In early July, Biles began her elite career by competing at the American Classic in Huntsville, Texas. Biles placed third all-around, first on vault and balance beam, fourth on floor exercise and eighth on uneven bars.

In late July, Biles competed at the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois. Biles placed fifth on balance beam and floor exercise.

In August, Biles competed at the Visa Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Biles tied seventh on vault.

2012[edit]

In May, Biles competed at American Classic in Huntsville, Texas and placed first all-around. Biles also placed first on vault, tied for 2nd on floor exercise, placed 3rd on balance beam and 4th on uneven bars.

In late May, Biles competed at the 2012 Secret US Classic in Chicago, Illinois. Biles finished first all-around with a score of 58.150. Biles also finished first on vault, second on floor exercise and sixth on balance beam.

In June, Biles competed at the Visa Championships in St.Louis, Missouri. Biles finished third all-around. Biles also finished first on vault and sixth on uneven bars,balance beam and floor exercise. Following the 2012 Visa Championships Biles was named to the USA Junior National Team.

Senior career[edit]

2013[edit]

In March, Biles began her senior career. Biles competed at the American Cup in Worcester, Massachusetts, and finished second all-around earning the silver medal behind American teammate, Katelyn Ohashi[8][10]

In April, Biles competed at the 2013 City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy, she and her teammates helped USA win the team title. Biles also took the all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise titles.

In July, Biles competed at the Secret U.S. Classics (the qualifying meet for the national championships), Biles won no medals and dropped out of the vault competition after tweaking her ankle on the floor exercise. Biles did however qualify to the 2013 P&G Championships.

In August, Biles competed at the 2013 P&G Championships. On August 17, 2013, Biles was crowned the national champion ahead of 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kyla Ross. Biles also won silver medals on vault,uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. Following the P&G Championships Biles was named to the USA Senior National Team and was invited to the qualifying camp for the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Texas. Biles was named to the USA World Championships Team.

2013 World Championships[edit]

In October Biles competed at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Biles won the Women's All-Around competition with a score of 60.216. She went on to win silver in the vault final with a final average of 15.595 behind defending World Champion and Olympic silver medallist McKayla Maroney, a bronze medal on balance beam with a 14.333, and gold on the floor exercise, with a score of 15.000. She also qualified for the uneven bars final, where she finished fourth.

2014[edit]

In early January, it was announced that Simone would be competing at the 2014 AT&T American Cup. The competition will be held on the 1st of March in Greensboro, NC [11] However, on February 23, it was announced that she has withdrawn from the competition due to a shoulder injury.[12]

In February, news surfaced that Biles would move to another gym with her coach, Aimee Boorman. The gym the pair will move to has not yet been announced but in a statement issued by her father, Ronald, it was said that they decided to leave so that Biles could continue growing and developing in the future.[13]

Biles traveled with Team USA to the Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, Canada in April and completed one day of Podium Training but withdrew due to an aggravating shoulder injury.[14] Her replacement was Peyton Ernst.

Routines[edit]

Simone Biles often performs the following skills on each apparatus:

Vault[edit]

2.5 Twisting Yurchenko "Amanar" (round-off, backhandspring entry; 2.5 twisting layout).[15] Total Difficulty Start Value: 6.3 (downgraded from 6.5 in the 2013 - 2016 Code of Points).[16]

Uneven bars[edit]

Glide kip cast to handstand (KCHS) with grip change + Weiler 1/2 (D) + Toe-on release back to high bar (Maloney) (D); KCHS + Toe-on sole circle 1/1 (Hoefnagel) (D) + Straddled Tkatchev (D); KCHS + Piked Tkatchev (E) + Pak Salto (D); KCHS 1/2 + Stalder shoot up to high bar (Ray) (C); KCHS + giant + giant + Tucked Full-In dismount (D).[15] Total Difficulty Start Value: 6.1.

Balance beam[edit]

Squat to rear support mount (A); Double turn in tuck stand (D); Sissone (A) + Straddle Jump (A); Front Aerial Walkover (D); Switch Split Leap 1/2 (D) + Back Tuck (C); Front Tuck (D); flip flop step-out (B) + flip flop two-feet (B) + Layout two-feet (E); Split Leap 1/1 (D) + Back Pike (C); flip flop step-out (B) + flip flop two-feet (B) + Tucked Full-In dismount (G).[15] Total Difficulty Start Value: 6.5. like twist,twist,twist,twist

Floor exercise[edit]

Silivas - Double Back(2/1):(H); Gogean - Split Leap (3/2):(D); Biles - Double Layout (1/2 Out):(G); Double Turn in Tuck Stand (D); Switch Leap (B); Switch Leap (1/1):(D); Johnson - Switch Leap (1/4):(C); Layout (5/2) (D) + Front Layout (B) + 0.1 CV; Double Back (1/1):(E) [15] Total Difficulty Start Value: 6.5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston gymnast Simone Biles wins world championship". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Simone Biles". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Women's Artistic Gymnastics National Teams". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "2013 American Cup Athletes". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, Blythe (March 1, 2013). "Promising pair stands in for Fierce Five". ESPN. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (26 February 2013). "Kyla Ross out of American Cup". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Price Withdraws from American Cup". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (March 2, 2013). "Katelyn Ohashi wins 1st senior event". ESPN. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Simone Biles Biography". Gym Style. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 American Cup FIG World Cup Results". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  11. ^ http://attamericancup.com/2014/01/09/2014-att-american-cup-international-field-features-10-olympians-five-world-medalists/
  12. ^ http://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=13613
  13. ^ http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/02/world-champion-gymnast-simone-biles-to-no-longer-train-at-spring-gym/#16571101=0
  14. ^ http://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=13866&prog=h
  15. ^ a b c d "Simone Biles Routines". Gym Style. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "FIG Executive Committee - Official News". Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 

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