Black History Month Spotlight: Simone Biles


In honor of Black History Month, Glasgow students celebrate people who have impacted the world in which we live. This spotlight focuses on record breaking gymnast, Simone Biles. 

Simone Biles was born on March 14, 1997. From a young age, Simone and her sister, Adria lived with their grandparents because of their mother’s substance abuse problems. Eventually, their grandparents adopted them and became constant support systems for Simone while she participated in competitive sports. Simone began competing as a level 8 gymnast in 2007 and established her ability after winning in competitions such as the American Classic, the Alamo Classic, the Houston National Invitational and the Secret U.S. Classic. 

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Biles won gold in the all around, vault, and floor events while winning bronze on beam. In doing so, she became the first female U.S gymnast to win 4 medals at a single Olympic Games. In the next few years, she remained a part of Team U.S.A in the Olympics and now has 19 medals, making her the most decorated American gymnast of all time. In a recent interview, she revealed that she trains around 7 hours a day to prepare for various events, meets, and competitions.

Simone Biles is important to the Glasgow community because she shows that with hard work, young athletes can get to where they want to be. In other aspects of life, you can get anywhere with a lot of hard work, passion, and determination. 

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