Sport Simone Biles' Olympics timeline: Medals, records and more to know about U.S. star gymnast
Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final
Microphones picked up what Biles said as she was telling teammates she was making her exit from the team competition.People criticized the decision; some said she abandoned her teammates and let them down. But video of Biles walking off during the competition shows not only the encouragement she gave them, but also the mutual support they gave her as they continued to fight for a medal in Tokyo.
Simone Biles is competing in her second Olympics at the 2021 Tokyo Games and has already established herself as the greatest gymnast of all time.
However, it wasn't always easy for her. During the 2013 season, she was unsure of how far she could get in the sport.
Biles had competed with the U.S. junior national team in 2011 and 2012 but got the call up to the top in 2013. After a couple of solid performances at the 2013 American Cup and the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, she endured a rough U.S. Classic, falling a couple of times and bowing out of the vault after twisting her ankle on the floor.
Biles then made a move to see a sports psychologist to help her deal with some of the mental pressures of performing in competition.
Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason
Aaron Rodgers, back in camp with the Green Bay Packers after an offseason of discontent, empathized with Olympian Simone Biles deciding to focus on her mental health during his first media availability of training camp on Wednesday. "I think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that," Rodgers said.Rodgers was asked what it was like to miss organized team practice activities (OTAs) for the first time in his career and said it was "great." He then spoke of Biles and the need to de-clutter his mind over the offseason.
“She was competing against these girls who were her heroes, her idols,” her adoptive mother Nellie Biles. “And it was hard for her to adjust to that. Simone didn’t think she was good enough to compete with them. I knew she was quite capable. But she needed to believe it.”
After that, it all started to click. Biles took home her first all-around title at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp. From there, she would go on a dominant run. She hasn't lost an all-around competition since 2013 and has piled up a career full of accolades and success even despite a post-Olympics hiatus from competition in 2017.
Medals; Olympic wins; Records; Eponymous moves; Biles has it all. The 24-year-old will look to continue her success with the U.S. women's gymnastics team during the 2021 Olympics and continued to rack up more and more accolades.
Simone Biles grateful for 'love and support' after withdrawing from all-around
It's been an unexpected and emotional few days for Simone Biles. The undisputed GOAT of gymnastics decided to withdraw from both the Olympic team final and the all-around competition to focus on her mental health, which prompted an outpouring of love and support among fellow athletes, fans, politicians, and celebrities. Biles used social media to make her first comment following her all-around withdrawal on Wednesday. The enormous amount of loveBiles used social media to make her first comment following her all-around withdrawal on Wednesday. She's grateful for the outpouring of solidarity and understanding, and revealed how all of that support has affected her mental outlook.
But already, she is one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time. She will just be looking to add her legacy and rewrite the record books in Tokyo.
How many medals has Simone Biles won?
Biles has won 35 total medals during her career — 27 gold, four silver and four bronze. Of those 35 medals, she won five at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Four of those five medals were gold while one was bronze.
Here's a full breakdown of Biles' Olympic medals to date:
In addition to her strong performance during her lone Olympic appearance, Biles has taken home 19 goal medals at the World Gymnastics Championships. She has won gold in the all-around competition in her last five appearances in the competition. She hasn't lost an all-around competition since 2013.
Simone Biles' gymnastics records
Biles has posted countless records during her gymnastics career. Here are some of the most notable ones:
Simone Biles: 'I didn't quit ... my mind & body are simply not in sync'
Simone Biles is continuing to train in an effort to improve her concentration so she can properly, and safely, complete her high-flying routines in these Olympics. Biles can still compete in any or all of them. At the same time, she is clapping back at critics — most of whom have little to no knowledge of elite gymnastics or gymnastics scoring — that she “quit” on her USA Gymnastics teammates when she withdrew from the team competition after one awkward, low-scoring and nearly disastrous vault attempt. “For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit,” Biles wrote in an Instagram story Friday.
- Biles won the all-around title final at the 2019 World Championships by a margin of 2.1 points. That's the highest margin of victory in a women's all-around final ever.
- Her five medals (four gold, one bronze) at the 2016 Rio Olympics set a USA record for most medals in a single Olympics by a female gymnast.
- Biles owns the most career medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships with 25 medals. Here 19 gold medals and five individual all-around titles also rank as the most in competition history.
- She won five gold medals at the 2019 World Championships alone. Biles tied Larisa Latynina and Boris Shakhlin's record with that mark.
- During her career, Biles has won a record seven U.S. Gymnastics Championships. She has won all seven titles since 2013, and the only year she didn't win was when she sat out the competition during a hiatus in 2017.
At the 2021 Olympics, Biles will have a chance to tie or break several more records.
- Biles has four gold medals to her name already. The most gold medals an American woman has won in Olympics history is swimmer Jenny Thompson (eight) while the international women's record belongs to former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (nine). Biles will be chasing those records along with swimmer Katie Ledecky (five gold medals).
- Biles could win five gold medals at the 2021 Olympic Games. If she does, that would set a record for gold medals by an American woman in a single Olympics.
- Biles could become the first woman to win back-to-back all-around titles since Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska accomplished the feat in 1964 and 1968. She would be the third woman of all time to accomplish that feat, joining Caslavska and Latynina.
Gymnastics moves named after Simone Biles
Biles has pulled off moves that no other gymnast has been able to during her career. This is largely thanks to a combination of her elite athletic ability coupled with her small 4-8 stature. As a result of her success with these moves, Biles has had several gymnastics moves named after her in gymnastics' code of points.
Simone Biles Reveals Details on 'Twisties' Problem
"My mind and body are simply not in sync," the gymnast wrote on Instagram, explaining how she was feeling, the risks of her routine and her current practice routine in Tokyo. Very Olympic Today is SI’s daily Olympics newsletter. You can receive each issue for free in your inbox by subscribing here. To continue reading the newsletter at SI.com every day, along with the rest of our Olympics coverage, readers can subscribe to SI.com here.In the early morning hours on Friday, Simone Biles took to Instagram, posting a series of training videos and answering questions from fans.
One is the Biles 6.4 vault. The title of this one stems from the difficulty of the vault — rated a 6.4, which is the highest difficulty in gymnastics' code of points.
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She also created a move simply known as the Biles, which is a dismount from the balance beam that involves landing two flips on the beam going into a dismount that includes two twists.
It's rated an H-level of difficulty. The further into the alphabet you get in gymnastics, the more difficult the skill is, so that demonstrates just how difficult it is to pull off that type of dismount.
On the floor, Biles has two moves in named after her. She landed the Biles I during the 2013 World Championships. That move includes a double layout with a half turn. It had been landed domestically by London Phillips in 2005, but it was named after Biles since she landed it in a major competition.
Finally, Biles' most recent eponymous skill is the Biles II, which she landed in competition during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. The skill carries a J rating and involves pulling off a triple twisting double back.
If Biles can land any of these skills at the Olympics, it will be tough for the other gymnasts in competition to compete with her.
Aaron Rodgers 'Very Proud' of Simone Biles .
The Packers QB credited Biles for speaking her truth in her mental health journey. When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Games citing her mental health, it set off a global conversation about mental health in sports and the pressure athletes endure to perform even when they're not at their best.After opening up about her personal journey on the world's biggest stage, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Biles on Friday for having the courage to share her truth and the mental battles she's faced.