Simone Biles was the star of the 2016 Rio Olympics. She won the gold medal in gymnastics with her teammates. She went on to easily win the individual all-around and the vault and floor titles. She also won the bronze medal on the balance team. Gymnastics experts and casual fans alike say that Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time.
Biles credits her success to her adoptive parents, Ron and Nellie Biles. The couple adopted Simone and her sister after the children spent years in the foster care system. Biles said that she was always happy to see Ron, her biological grandfather, arrive to visit her or pick her up while she was in foster care. She said she missed not having a mom to approach with problems when she was little.
Biles’ biological mother eventually lost parental rights after a struggle with substance abuse. Biles reports that her mother was frequently in jail and unable to care for her. Biles says that she doesn’t have a way to thank her adoptive parents enough for what they’ve done for her.
A movie about their adoptive journey premiers on February 3, 2018, on Lifetime. The movie explores her parent’s doubts about the amount of time that Simone invested in gymnastics as she climbed the ranks of elite athletes. Biles says that when she had trouble during a competition, her mother told her to be the best Simone that she could be. She said that her parents never pressured her to become a world or Olympic champion.
The material for the Lifetime special comes from Biles’ biography, Courage to Soar. Biles is already in training for her bid to make the team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She now trains with Laurent Landi after the retirement of her previous coach, Aimee Boorman.