Simone Biles on Paris 2024: “Success is simply what I make of it”

Simone Biles on Paris 2024: “Success is simply what I make of it”
Simone Biles on Paris 2024: “Success is simply what I make of it”

Simone Biles Although she is the most successful gymnast of all time, she is as motivated as ever and is pragmatic about her recent positive step towards her third Olympic Games in Paris later this month.

“I wake up every day and choose to train in the gym and come here and compete for myself just to remind myself that I can still do it,” Biles, 27, said after winning the U.S. Olympic trials in Minneapolis two weeks ago. “I believe success is only what I make of it. I was successful in the Olympic trials and made the Olympic team in Paris, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Biles, who has won seven Olympic medals, including four golds at the 2016 Rio Games, travels to Paris as leader of the U.S. team, which includes the 2020 Olympic floor exercise champion. Jade Carey, Silver medalist of the 2020 Olympic team Jordanian chilisOlympic champion in the all-around competition 2020 Suni Lee and newbie Hezly Riverawith Joscelyn Roberson And Leanne Wong as a travel reserve.

Three years after Biles’ widely reported withdrawal from most of her Tokyo 2020 finals due to mental health issues, she said Paris will be “our redemption tour” for the 2020 silver medal-winning U.S. team. She led the U.S. women to team gold at the world championships in Antwerp last fall, winning her sixth world all-around title.

“I know we are stronger than what we showed in Tokyo,” said Biles, who trains under coaches Laurent Landi And Cécile Canqueteau-Landi at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. “We’re doing this for ourselves and for the love of the sport and for the love of representing the USA. So we’re going to go out there and do our best. If we can just do what we do in training, I think we’ll hit the jackpot.”

The impressive Biles comes to Paris in a great position to reclaim her 2016 all-around title, but she simply expresses wonder and gratitude at the prospect of performing on the Olympic stage again, especially after her traumatic experience in Tokyo.

“I never imagined I would be able to compete in the Olympics again after Tokyo because of the circumstances,” she said. “I never thought I would be able to go back to the gym, do twists and feel free.”

Simone says:

About her husband, safety of the Chicago Bears Jonathan Owens‘ Participation in the trials and travel to her competition in Paris: “I think it’s super exciting that we can support each other and pursue our dreams and goals. Those are the memories we create that never come back. So when we can support each other, we’re super excited because our schedules don’t line up that well. The Bears are even giving him a couple days off from training camp, so he’ll only be there for a short time.”

At Taylor Swift‘s tweet raves about Bile’s floor exercise routine, which was performed in part to Swift’s music: “I actually retweeted it earlier. She is so sweet. I was able to meet her a few times and I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for the girl community.”

On the comments of social media haters after Tokyo 2020: “You’re still going to ask, ‘Are you going to quit again?’ And if so, what are you going to do? Tweet me some more. I’ve been doing this for three years.”

About her fans: “I have such a lovely and supportive fan base. I say fan base, but I actually mean family, because it really does take a village. Every single comment I see warms my heart. That’s what keeps me going.”

About three gymnasts from her World Champions Centre Club (Biles, Chiles and Roberson) who made the US team for Paris: “I don’t think my mother could have imagined in a million years that the three of us would be going to the Olympics when she opened the gym. I think she is the proudest and most impressed of all of them.”

About 16-year-old Olympic teammate Hezly Rivera: “We’re really proud of her for making this team and we’re really excited to show her how it’s done and that she doesn’t have to do it alone. She has four veterans by her side who have been there before.”

On the question of whether she had given herself confirmation after making mistakes during the trials: “Confirmations? Actually, they’re all explicit. I can’t really say them. So take that as you will.”

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