Leap for gold

Someone once said “Life does not always give you what you want, you have to take from it what you deserve”. Every known note worthy success does not come without a story, no matter how little. This story becomes the flaming torch behind the glory.  In the Rio spirit, aspire brings to you the story of one of its legends.

You probably think we are going to give you the bio of someone in their 30s-40s right? Well, pull a cushion, sit back, relax, grab a cup of Choco and please read on.  This is the story of a girl who changed the course of history over and over again. Born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio to a dysfunctional family, SIMONE ARIANNE BILES’s early life wasn’t one that would have been so envied as she never knew her Father, who abandoned the family years earlier, and knew her mother only barely, due to her alcohol and drug addiction problem made her unfit to give care to her own children.

As early as age 3, the children became properties of the state, living in and out of foster care but finally at age 6, she and her sister was adopted by her own grandparents; the couple who came from poor backgrounds and had worked immensely hard to get ahead, had been looking forward to retirement as their boys left the nest. This adoption set in motion the success story of another “World’s Greatest”.  Quickly realising Simone’s hyperactive passion for activities that involved climbing, swinging and any other tricks you can fathom little children indulge in, her parents – Ron and Neslie decided to allow their daughter go on a day care field trip where she got to further lock her interest in this dangerous sport. With the help of her coach, she was set on a road path to glory. In 2011, her journey into the world of gymnastics began.  Gymnastics is not the sport that favors mediocre attitude and lack of self discipline, rather it rewards practice, youthfulness, strength, consistency, sacrifices and really Long hours of hard work. It brings to limelight 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.

Though her name gradually became a force to reckon with, she never for once relaxed and gloated over her winnings. She had her focus on something greater, becoming the Olympic and world champion, a feat very few has been able to achieve. More interesting is that of the few, none has been able to repeat their winning on these two platforms.

Simone was too young to compete in London 2012 but in 2013, she burst onto the international sporting stage when she won the all-round world title as a virtual unknown. It was a feat she repeated for the next two years, making her the first female gymnast to win that title three times in a row. Simone won 14 world championship medals in three years — more than any US athlete in history. That extraordinary act meant she was already being dubbed “the greatest of all time” before she even had an Olympic medal to her name.  But 4ft 9in Simone didn’t buckle under the pressure. She made the sport look so easy. She is also now the first woman ever to hold the world and Olympic all-around titles simultaneously. Bagging home 19 medals to her name with several records broken.  Her routines are so groundbreaking that in 2013 the International Federation of Gymnastics were forced to enter a new skill into their points scoring code which they named “The Biles”.

She currently has a net worth of about $2 million dollars and more is expected to roll in after this very successful RIO 2016 outing. Biles was worth almost $300,000 just last year, MoneyNation reports. In 2016, though, her net worth has grown an incredible 1000%, and there’s no sign of it stopping anytime soon. Biles also has a significant social media presence, with over three million Instagram followers, giving her a unique social media stand. More significantly is her rise to being a role model for girls and women all over the world. These factors together have collectively led to her current status of over $4 million in endorsement deals with companies such as Hersey’s, Nike, and most recently, Kellogg’s.

In an interview with Simone’s Grandma, she said Simone had to be mentally strong from a very early age, saying she behaved like a ‘little mum’ in their home because her biological mother had never been able to look after them.


‘She made decisions for herself and her sister because this was all they knew,’ she explained.  ‘She’s a survivor. She’s been a survivor from a very, very young age.’


When asked about her legacy, she said simply: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”  Success has no age limit; Simone is just 19 years. For anyone seeking a great and prolific career in any industry, always remember that you need patience, determination and hard work to make your dreams come true!


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