Simone Biles is currently one of the most decorated American gymnasts. She became the first female gymnast to win four gold medals in single games at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is also the first gymnast to win three consecutive world all–around titles from 2013 to 2015.
Biles didn’t compete for two years, until her appearance in the U.S. National Championship. Despite a fall on the balance beam and vault, she won the meet with an all-around score of 58.700 and broke her own 2016 Olympics record. Thus, she became the first American to win a medal at every event in the world.
The 21-year-old aerobatic phenomenon recently competed at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar where she won six awards, totaling one in every practice and included four golds. However, what makes her historic win more astounding is that she was battling kidney stones while competing.
Biles was raced to the doctor’s facility on the eve of her first event Oct. 26 after experiencing some mild pain on the right side of her abdomen. Fortunately, this inconvenience was the consequence of a kidney stone and not a more serious issue. According to USA Today, since the issue was not urgent, the athlete decided to wait for further medical action so she could continue with the championship.
Biles is the first to win every one of the five gold medals since Dominique Dawes in 1994.
“Being the first to clear every one of the titles since Dominique Dawes is moving,” Biles said in an interview with USA Today. “It’s sort of cool to pursue that way.”
Brought up in Spring, Texas under the care of her grandparents, Biles discovered solace in a Northwestern Houston recreation center. She joined the gymnastics world late, as her training with her gymnast coach Aimee Boorman. Prior to starting her focused vocation in 2011, she was self-taught and committed a few hours of serious practice to enhance her method, as stated in The Hilltop Views.
Sayal Shrestha, freshman at Washburn thinks her win is impressive.
“I think her win brings the much-deserved recognition of black women in sports to the forefront,” Shrestha said. “She’s the first black woman to win five U.S. all-around titles. She has created history, and this will go down in posterity. Her amazing body of work is a source of inspiration for the youth. She should be applauded and encouraged for her efforts as a fabulous Olympian.”
Naomi Uyz, a former gymnast and junior at Washburn, expressed her excitement about Bile’s recent accomplishment.
“Being a girl of African descent, her achievements empower me and encourage me to do better in life,” Uyz said. “I am sure she has this effect on all the girls, regardless of their race and ethnicity. Her bravery and hard work prove that nothing is impossible. Her dedication towards her sport is exemplary, and I hope every American supports her throughout her journey.”
Biles has been leaving a mark on the world. Since her introduction senior season in 2013 as a world-class competitor, she has entered first in every meet she attended since 2013 U.S. championships. She has ceaselessly made extraordinary steps to create a good example for hopeful gymnasts around the world.