Simone Biles will go for gold in gymnastics at Rio—her way
Simone Biles Is Taking Her Sport to New Heights Gymnastics is not a sport that favors longevity. It rewards the fleeting energy and vitality of youth, the flash of a brightly igniting star over the steadiness of a consistent and long-burning talent, and even then, it’s still stingy, rarely allowing even the most gifted athletes to repeat as champions. It’s also not a sport that nurtures free spirits who veer from the Spartan tradition of training, skills and rules that define it.
That’s why Simone Biles is such an anomaly. The 19-year-old Texan is the three-time world champion in the women’s all-around event, and hasn’t lost a competition since 2013, which makes her the odds-on favorite to continue that streak at the Olympics in Rio this summer.