According to CNN News, Simone Biles, 19, lead the charge as the U.S. women’s gymnastic team took the gold in the women’s team competition on August 9, 2016. This is Biles’ first, of a possible five, gold medals. It is also Biles’ first Olympic Games, giving her already prestigious career a jumpstart and possibly leaving her in a good position to scoop up the remaining five gold medals.
Three-time world champion, Biles stands at 4 feet 9 inches and has become a small but mighty force to be reckoned with, at this year’s Rio de Janerio Olympic Games. According to CNN News, she is fast becoming the USA’s top star of Rio 2016.
With her expected rise to the Olympics, the young gymnast has been very open about her family, sharing with the world how they came together. She told “USA Today” that when she was younger, she was adopted by her grandparents, and she calls them mom and dad. Snarky remarks from Al Trautwig, an announcer at the Rio Games, were that “they may be her mom and dad, but they are not her parents.”
Trautwig apologized on August 8, 2016, saying he regrets he was not clearer with his wording on air, and that he compounded the issue when he used Twitter, but said he corrected the issue quickly.
Biles is expected to dominate the remaining events at the Rio Olympic Games because she is considered to be adventurous and do things other gymnasts would not do. She even has a floor event named after her called “Biles” which is a double layout half out.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNN News: US Women’s Gymnastic Team Wins Gold at Rio 2016 Olympic, Retaining Its All-around Tile
USA Gymnastics: Skills Named for U.S. Gymnasts
USA Today: NBC’s Al Trautwig apologizes for comments on Simone Biles’ parents
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