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Simone Biles: The most decorated gymnast in history

Simone Biles
Simone Biles: The most decorated gymnast in history. Photo/ KVC Health Systems.
  • Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast of all time. She was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Joe Biden in 2022. 
  • Biles is a five-time World floor exercise champion, a five-time World all-around champion and a seven-time United States national all-around champion. 
  • She boasts of being the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles.

Simone Biles is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. The 25-year-old is the most decorated gymnast in history. 

Her remarkable talents and consistent success has made her an icon in sports.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles. Photo/ The Bride.

Simone Biles surpassed Italy’s Vitaly Scherbo to become the gymnast with the most World medals in 2019. As of 2022, Biles has won 25 World Championship medals.

She is a five-time World floor exercise champion, a five-time World all-around champion and a seven-time United States national all-around champion. 

Biles is also a three-time balance beam champion and a two-time World vault champion. She was a member of the gold medal-winning American teams during 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 

Her seven Olympic medals tie her with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. 

Biles is the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at the Olympics as well as the World Championships. 

The American international boasts of being the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles. Biles was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Joe Biden in 2022. 

Career 

Simone Biles’ glamorous career began at the age of 14 on July 1, 2011, at the American Classic in Houston. 

She competed at the 2011 US Classic in Chicago and placed fifth on the balance beam and floor exercise. She placed twentieth all-around. 

Biles secured a spot at USA Gymnastics National Championships in 2012. She made her senior international debut in March 2013 at a FIG World Cup event, American Cup. 

Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, contributed to the US team’s gold medal during the 2013 City of Jesolo Trophy. 

She also competed at the USA Gymnastics National Championships in 2013 and emerged as the national all-around champion. Biles won all four silver medals in the different categories of the competition. 

Later that year, Simone Biles became the first American to qualify for all four final events and four all-around after competing at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Belgium. 

At the age of 16, Biles defended several world championships to become the seventh American woman to win the overall world titles.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles. Photo/ Marca.

She participated in the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in China and won six gold medals. 

Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast, competed at the AT&T American Cup in Texas and placed with the first score. She finished first in the all-around at the US Classic, where she also participated. 

At the 2015 US National Championships, Biles became the second woman to secure the third all-around national title. The first woman to do so was Kim Zmeskal (1990, 1991, 1992). 

Biles won her third consecutive gold medal as she participated in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Scotland. This brought her total gold medal count to ten, the most for any woman in World Championships. 

Her 2016 season began in April at the Pacific Rim Championships, where she won the all-around title and helped the US win the team title by a wide margin. 

Simone Biles won the all-around title and gold medal on the balance beam several weeks later at the US National Championships. 

Biles competed at the Rio Women’s Qualification Summer Olympics, where she won her first Olympic gold medal in the gymnastics team event. 

She won gold medals in the women’s floor exercise final, vault final and individual all-around. She left the tournament with four gold medals, setting the record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Game. 

Simone Biles did not compete in 2017 and made her return at the US Classic in 2018. She also competed at the World Team Selection Camp and the National Championships. 

Simone continued to make history in 2019 as she became the first gymnast to win five gold medals after over sixty years. 

She won five medals, of which four were gold, at the US National championships. 

Simone Biles became the first female gymnast to land the Yurchenko double spike during the 2021 US Classic.

At the US National championships later that year, Biles won her seventh all-around title, three more gold medals and one bronze.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast in history. Photo/ KVC Health Systems.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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