Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas are Poised to Shine in Rio
17-year-old Simone Biles has won more world championship gold medals than any other U.S. gymnast. She doesn’t have time to consider the records she’s breaking but when asked, Simone says “I still feel normal.”
She told USA Today, “What my mom always says is be the best Simone I can be," she said. "So I just go out there and do that."
Most recently, Simone won two gold medals at the World Championships in Nanning, China, in October, leading the American team to its second consecutive World team championship.
As the Rio Olympics draw near, Simone and her coach, Aimee Boorman, are preparing new material and making sure the old moves stay strong. In her piece for Slate explaining why Simone is the best gymnast in the world, Dvora Meyers wrote, “If [Simone] does continue her winning streak until Rio, it’s clear that she’ll do so as a part of a dominant American program. She’ll be Team USA’s star—not its savior.” USA Today predicts Biles will make the team at the trials in June 2016, along with 2012 Olympians Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross.
In 2012, Gabby “Flying Squirrel” Douglas became the first African-American woman to win the individual all-around competition at the Olympics, wowing with a floor routine that had the arena clapping along to the bouncy song, “We No Speak Americano.” Since, she’s been working with Nike, spent time with Oprah, and became one of Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of 2012.
If both Simone and Gabby make the 2016 Olympic team, the chances of another African-American athlete on the medal podium seem inevitable. They’re both powerhouses with incredible focus and talent; true MAKERS in the Making.