With four Olympic gold medals under her belt at just 19 years of age, it’s no surprise that Simone Biles is being hailed as one of 2016’s biggest stars.
Her latest achievement is her inclusion in Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year issue, which is hitting stands just before Simone’s memoir Courage to Soar is set to be released.
In a new interview with the magazine, Simone gives fans a sneak peek of what to expect from her upcoming biography, detailing the upbringing that preceded her launch into Olympic history.
For one, she reveals that her incredible skill at coping with the intense pressure of competing on the world stage is all thanks to the lessons she learned from her parents from a young age.
‘I’ve been brought up to never take anything for granted and to always be the best Simone – the best version of myself,’ says Biles.
‘From a very young age, they always believed in us and told us to believe in ourselves.’
Nillie and Ron Biles are actually her biological grandparents, but after Simone’s biological mother’s drug and alcohol problems saw her placed into foster care, they stepped in to adopt Simone and her sister Adria when Simone was just three years old.
She now calls them mom and dad, and credits them for not only putting her in the sport in the first place, but also for helping her build and maintain her trademark confidence.
Indeed, although Simone was praised throughout the Olympics – and the months leading up to the Games – for her unwavering consistency, her mom and dad were the ones who helped her to achieve that focus, even when she felt it wasn’t possible.
They were there for her when she had a minor mental stumble not long after she reached the national team, urging her to see a sports psychologist.
‘She was competing against these girls who were her heroes, her idols,’ Nillie Biles told the publication.
‘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.’
Simone also revealed that she hasn’t yet decided if she will be looking to go on to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The gymnast is just one of several women honored in the magazine’s new issue, which features singer Gwen Stefani on the cover.
Plus-size model Ashley Graham and Disney star Zendaya are also among the inspiring women profiled in the issue.
Source: Daily Mail UK