Is Simone Biles the Best Gymnast of All Time?
A record-setting number of female athletes are heading to Rio de Janeiro this summer to battle for Olympic glory. Meet these all-American badasses and hear how they'll do it.
Simone Biles has so much raw power and graceful ability in her 4'9" frame that even though she doesn’t hold an Olympic medal yet, she's already considered — wait for it — the best gymnast in the history of the sport. To date she has the most world championship medals (racking up 14, 10 of them gold, after three years at the elite level), and she even has a move named after her, "the Biles" — watch for it in her floor routine, the most difficult in the world.
"I'm pretty fearless," says Biles. "I'm like, 'Let's add another twist, another flip.' I love that in gymnastics there’s always a new level to go to."
Biles, who began training at age 6, after a coach noticed her doing cartwheels, feels more than ready for her Olympic debut: "I've been training 32 hours a week for 12 years to stand up on that podium for one minute," she says. "In that moment it will all be worth it."
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Olympics begin August 5.
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