If you watched the Rio Summer Olympic games, you have heard of the young USA star Simone Biles. She led the USA women's gymnastics team to the gold medal, and had some amazing individual performances herself. She became an instant star in the USA and around the world almost overnight. Sometimes, overnight fame like this, can turn a person off, especially a teenager like Simone. She was on the fence about competing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but has since changed her mind and is practicing now.
At only 19 years old, some are calling Simone the “greatest gymnast of all time,” and she has only competed in one Olympic Games so far. “I’ll take some time off first but then I’ll get back at it and try for 2020,” the 19-year-old Biles told USA TODAY Sports, while on the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions in Washington. “I’ll take maybe a year off because there’s no way I can do everything that I’m doing as well as commit to training 100 percent,” she said. She is so young and realizes training for the Olympics is a full time job, so I completely understand her wanting to take a break to live her life.
Simone has won four gold medals in her first Olympic games and more certainly seem to be on the horizon. She has a great attitude and her teammates have nothing but good things to say about her. That is important, especially when competing as a team and going for the same goals of the gold medal. “I think anyone can get better as long as you put your mind to it,” she said. “You set new goals. So I don’t know if I can but I would hope I can.” She will be enjoying her break now, but will be ready to start training again soon, with her sight on more gold medals for herself and the USA.