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Is Simone Biles competing in the 2021 Olympics?

Simone Biles is widely known as the greatest Olympian of all time, and she will be returning to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics to bring home more medals for team USA. AS EnglishWill Simone Biles compete in the 2021 Olympics?

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Simone Biles and her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, have a very modern romance. The Olympic gymnast revealed in a new interview with Wall Street Journal Magazine how she and him got together at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 — and the tale involves Instagram and a nudge by her younger sister, Adria. Today.comSimone Biles details how she met boyfriend Jonathan Owens

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Simone Biles Snaps A Quick Mirror Selfie, And I Can't Stop Staring At Her Abs

Yahoo Lifestyle 14 July, 2021 - 04:19pm

Simone Biles, 24, is taking fans along with her as she gears up to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Whether she's living her best life chilling with her boyfriend by the pool or glowing in a new no-makeup selfie, Simone is sharing all of her summer adventures over on her Instagram.

The gold-medal gymnast just posted another sneak peek at her day-to-day on her Instagram Story. In the photo, she poses for a selfie in a mirror while flashing her killer abs in a white crop top and black shorts. Even off the mat, Simone is killing it:

Ever wondered how an Olympic gymnast stays in such great shape between competitions? She told Women's Health all the behind-the-scenes info about her super-strict training regimen. It's no surprise that Simone's days on the mat are long—usually five or six hours, at least.

But not all of those hours are spent on the mat, Simone said. Sometimes, the Olympian would mix up her workouts by including strength training or cross-training.

She also adjusts her diet as she goes throughout the day. She usually starts with a light breakfast (when she has the time!) of oatmeal or fruit and a protein shake after her first workout. "Usually I drink half after the first practice and half after the second practice. One of my favorite flavors at the moment is vanilla. It always changes, but it's currently vanilla," she told Women's Health.

Lunch and dinner are a toss-up. Sometimes, Simone orders in healthy takeout. Other days, she chefs up a meal filled with protein, like chicken, and veggies.

"I feel like it's more manageable because I can get home, shower, and go on the app to order whatever I want with the click of a button," she said. "If I cook, though, it's usually pasta, or chicken or salmon in the air fryer, oven, or on the grill."

And her fave food of all time: "I love potatoes in any shape or form," she told WH. Even Olympic athletes enjoy a good french fry. Who knew?

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In less than a month, Simone Biles will be leading the four-person US women's gymnastics team to what could be Team USA's third straight Olympic gold. Individually, Biles - who has already racked up an impressive number of Olympic medals - could tie or break the record for the most gold medals won by a single gymnast in the history of the Olympics.

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Simone Biles, Ginny Fuchs and more Olympians talk about prioritizing mental health

USA TODAY 14 July, 2021 - 04:19pm

Athletes are sharing the importance of keeping their mental health in check while training for Olympic gold for this year's games in Tokyo.

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In the midst of training for the Tokyo Games, athletes note the importance of keeping their mental health in check while vying for Olympic gold. USA TODAY

Athletes are sharing the importance of keeping their mental health in check while training for Olympic gold ahead of the games in Tokyo. 

American gymnast Simone Biles prioritizes her mental health whenever she feels like she needs to, she told Health magazine in June.

"For a while, I saw a psychologist once every two weeks," she says. "That helped me get in tune with myself so that I felt more comfortable and less anxious."

American boxer Ginny Fuchs told USA TODAY that she's struggled with OCD almost all her life.

Fuchs was first diagnosed in eighth grade, but says the last four years have been "the worst it's ever been."

"I have a great support group that has helped me over the years to stay strong and stay focused and overcome my OCD battles every day," she says, adding that she does Zoom calls with a therapist twice a week.

Sakura Kokumai, American karateka, says the pandemic has taught her to focus more on mental health. 

"I learned that over this year that I tend to train on my own and figure things out on my own, but I realized the importance of reaching out to people and just talking it through," she says. "Realizing it's OK to ask for help sometimes."

April Ross, American beach volleyball player: "I think mental health is huge, and it's been a big focus of mine for the last five years or so... I believe that mental health translates to physical health and performance."

Ross added that she takes time to meditate and journal. 

Noah Lyles, American sprinter, adds "Mental health is just a part of life. Just like the reason you go to a doctor is to make sure your body is OK, the reason you go to a therapist or you talk to somebody is to make sure that your mind is OK.

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Olympic BMX racer Connor Fields stressed the importance of sleep during a panel discussion hosted by Team USA last year.

"Some of the things that happen when you do go one step too far is you are a higher risk of getting sick or getting hurt or doing something like that. That’s where sleep is so important," he said. 

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Simone Biles Is The GOAT And She's Just Getting Started

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Simone Biles teamed up with 'Dancing with the Stars' partner Sasha Farber to choreograph her gymnastics floor routine

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The 37-year-old professional dancer helped choreograph Biles' floor routine for the coming Olympics.

During Episode 5 of "Simone vs Herself," the gymnast said she worked with Farber to "spice it up."

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Simone Biles has reunited with an old friend ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old gymnastics superstar is once again teaming up with Sasha Farber, her partner from "Dancing with the Stars." After the duo mused about working together to develop a floor routine when they came in fourth place in the show's 24th season, Biles tapped the 37-year-old professional dancer to help choreograph her floor routine for the coming games.

The former dance partners were shown rehearsing together during Episode 5 of Biles' Facebook Watch docuseries, "Simone vs Herself."

"Usually, I have a different choreographer, but this year I feel like we needed to be a little bit different - spice it up," Biles said. "Even whenever I worked with Sasha on 'Dancing with the Stars,' we always said, 'Oh my gosh, if we could do a floor routine, how cool would that be?'"

So she made it happen. As she notes later in the episode, Biles has far more ownership over her routines and stylistic decisions than she did earlier in her illustrious gymnastics career.

Working with Farber reflected that autonomy, which was clear from the collaborative exchanges between Biles and Farber shown in the episode. Though he was undoubtedly the expert, she offered her opinion on specific moves and even pushed back in certain moments because "you know yourself better than anybody at this point," as Biles explained.

Farber didn't seem to take issue with it at all. On the contrary, he said that Biles "moves like a dancer, no one's just seen that yet."

"I'm really excited because she's really moving now," Farber told the cameras. "... To be where she is already, I can't wait to see what it's like in months to come."

"There's a very sassy side to Simone that I'm really excited for people to see," he added.

Check out the full episode of "Simone vs Herself" below:

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Biles - who enters Tokyo with 5 career medals (4 gold) - could tie or break Shannon Miller's record for most Olympic medals won by a U.S. gymnast (7).

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In less than a month, Simone Biles will be leading the four-person US women's gymnastics team to what could be Team USA's third straight Olympic gold. Individually, Biles - who has already racked up an impressive number of Olympic medals - could tie or break the record for the most gold medals won by a single gymnast in the history of the Olympics.

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2021 Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles says she wears G.O.A.T. leotards to 'mess' with her haters

CBS Sports 14 July, 2021 - 04:19pm

It's no secret that Simone Biles is one of the greatest athletes on the planet. However, with that type of success, Biles does have a fair amount of criticism of social media.

In the latest episode of Simone vs. Herself, which is a Facebook Watch docuseries that focuses on her training for the Tokyo Olympics, she explained why she has wore leotards with rhinestone goat heads in the past.

"We wore the GOAT [leotard] just to kind of I wouldn't say to piss people off but mess with them because there were a lot of people that say, 'Hey, Simone, you're the GOAT.' But then if I acknowledge it, then I'm cocky," Biles said.

"Everybody can call you the GOAT, but then if you acknowledge it once, they're like, 'Oh my god, I hate her! She's not that awesome!' I don't think it's fair that you can stand behind the computer and talk all that smack, and I just take it as an athlete. So it was kind of just to push back, and then it just pissed them off, so in the end, we won. People loved it, they hated it, I loved it."

In the latest episode, Biles revealed that he does tend to worry about the criticism that she may face if she fails to land difficult moves. Biles did recently land a Yurchenko double pike at the U.S. Classic and was the first woman ever to do so.

Biles continues to silence her doubters, but does admit that she sees what her critics have to say.

"Lately, I haven't been as active on social media, and I feel like I'm kind of getting to the point where I don't share as much. But I've always been so open and honest with my fans, and I feel like it's kind of punishing my fans for the haters, you know?

"But at the end of the day, it's like, people are just so rude. They tweet me that they hope I fall on bars. They hope I mess up the entire meet. I'm not as good [as] I was in 2016.

"They were just saying the most outrageous things. They don't care. They probably think you're not gonna see it or you don't care or they don't think we're human like them."

Biles will look to make even more history at the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 23. When she competes in Tokyo, it'll be interesting to see if she ends up breaking out another GOAT leotard.

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How Many Gymnastics Medals Does Jordan Chiles Have?

Life&Style Weekly 14 July, 2021 - 01:30pm

Killing it! Olympic gymnast Jordan Chiles will compete on Team USA for the first time at the 2021 summer games in Toyko — but how many medals does she already have? Considering the elite athlete has been competing as part of the United States National Team since 2013, it’s no surprise that she has a few monumental titles under her belt.

Throughout her junior elite career, the Washington native acquired four bronze medals, three silver medals and seven gold medals in various competitions. So far in her senior elite career, she received three gold medals in vault, floor and team during the 2019 Pacific Rim Championships and a bronze medal in all-around at the 2018 FIG World Cup.

In comparison, her best friend and fellow USA teammate Simone Biles has a whopping four Olympic gold medals, as well as another 26 world championship medals. She is considered the most decorated gymnast in the world and one of the most prolific athletes to ever compete in her sport.

Simone’s Olympic wins have made her a pretty penny — so if Jordan ends up taking home any medals this year, she will earn a sizable stipend from them. Competitors are paid $37,500 per gold medal, $22,500 per silver medal and $15,000 per bronze medal, according to a 2018 report from CNBC. So far, the Ohio native’s skills have made her a collective $165,000.

Jordan credits her close friend for supporting her throughout her journey to the Olympic games. “Having [Biles] by my side 24/7 and giving me encouraging words every day definitely helped and it was very motivational,” she gushed over Simone during a June 2021 appearance on the Today show. “Very happy to have someone like her.”

She also revealed the same month that Simone helped her rekindle her love for the sport after a difficult few years. “I discovered that gymnastics doesn’t always have to be about strictness and being so hard on yourself and having so much doubt,” Jordan explained to the New York Times. “I actually realized this when I saw Simone compete. She looks like she’s having fun out there, laughing and giggling, and doesn’t look stressed or tired. I was like, ‘You know, I’m going to try that one of these days and see how it turns out.’”

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Meet the moms! Hoda sits down with the women who raised USA’s star gymnasts

TODAY 14 July, 2021 - 07:54am

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The six members of the United States Women's Gymnastics Team — Simone Biles, MyKayla Skinner, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, Jade Carey and Grace McCallum — will compete in the Tokyo Olympics and will have their mothers right behind them.

“It's totally amazing,” Kym Skinner said. “It's surreal. (I'm) so happy that MyKayla finally did this and made her dream. It's awesome. We're so excited to be a part of this team.”

Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, is already an Olympic legend, winning five medals — including four gold — at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but her mom, Nellie Biles, said she is still in awe her daughter is part of another Olympic team.

“It's still a surreal feeling,” she said. “It doesn't get old. It just feels, this time around, even more special.”

Biles’ mom also said her daughter and Chiles have a connection that helps both of them.

“Simone really pushes because she pushes herself,” Nellie Biles said. “And I see her doing the same thing, too, with Jordan. And that bond has just — I mean, they fight, believe me. They do fight. We don't get into it. I don't get in the way because the next minute, they're hugging. That's a special relationship that they have.”

Chiles’ mother, Gina, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year and will begin serving a prison sentence on the day of the women’s team final, said she’s trying to embrace her daughter’s accomplishment.

“Every moment that I watch Jordan is the most amazing moment as a mom,” she said, fighting back tears. “And so I just am looking at it as not bittersweet, but just a sweet period that she's here.”

The six gymnasts are part of a very elite club, participating in Olympic competition, a dream that millions of people will never reach. How did their moms help get them here?

“Honestly, we were just looking for an outlet for Grace because we found her one day trying to climb the brick on our fireplace. And she was a really shy kid,” Sandy McCallum said.

“And so we were just looking for a way for her to get out and meet other people and not hang on Mom's leg all the time. And the minute she walked in the gym, she was, like, ‘I'm home.’”

The athletes have also had to overcome adversity. Lee’s father became paralyzed after a fall and her family lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“It's pretty amazing that she actually made it this far,” her mom, Yeev Thoj, said. “I'm just super proud that she actually made it.”

The gymnasts now stand on the cusp of greatness, so leave it to their mothers to offer advice before they give it their all on the world stage.

”Our common saying is, ‘You got this.’ And just go out there and do your best,” Kym Skinner shared.

Carey’s mother, Danielle Greenberg, added: “I tell her every time, I just say, ‘Go kill it. And have fun.’”

Drew Weisholtz is a reporter for TODAY Digital, focusing on pop culture, nostalgia and trending stories. He has seen every episode of “Saved by the Bell” at least 50 times, longs to perfect the crane kick from “The Karate Kid” and performs stand-up comedy, while also cheering on the New York Yankees and New York Giants. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is the married father of two kids who believe he is ridiculous.

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