Records of Simone Biles and marriage details

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Simone Biles performs one of her celebrated skills
Simone Biles performs one of her celebrated skills
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American gymnast Simone Biles took a two-year break from the sport, healed from her coach’s sexual abuse of her, got married and is now back setting records and leading the U.S. women to a seventh consecutive team title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

The American team of Skye Blakely, Leanne Wong, Shilese Jones and Simone Biles combined for a total of 167.729 points to breeze past Brazil and France on Wednesday night while Russia could only look on as they were not welcome to the competition.

Russia was banned from the event because of sanctions imposed by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as a result of the war against Ukraine.

Since 2011, the U.S. women have won gold in the team event at every world championship breaking a tie with the Chinese men for the longest streak of consecutive team titles.

Simone Biles and team mates on the U.S. women's team
Simone Biles and team mates on the U.S. women’s team

Simone Biles Personal Records

In some personal news, Simone Biles has become the most decorated female gymnast in history. She now has 26 world championship medals; comprising 20 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. She also has 7 Olympic medals, including the 2016 Olympic title.

With 33 combined medals from the Olympic competition and gymnastics world championship, she’s surpassed the Soviet Union’s Larisa Latynina.

Antwerp holds a special place for Biles as the Belgian port city was where she came to international prominence 10 years ago by winning her first world title in 2013 as a 16-year-old prodigy.

This is Biles’ first international competition following her hiatus. The five world all-around title holder posted an overall score of 58.732 points. As the most decorated gymnast in US history and by competing in Antwerp, Biles became the first woman to represent the US at six artistic world gymnastics championships.

The U.S. women team at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
The U.S. women team at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Yurchenko Double Pike Vault of Simone Biles

Biles has had a thrilling tournament as she made history on the opening day of the competition when she finished first in the women’s all-around qualification.

In the process, she became the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault – a high-difficulty skill historically only done by men – at an international competition.

Simone Biles with the Yurchenko Double Pike Vault
Simone Biles with the Yurchenko Double Pike Vault

2-Year Absence

Biles pulled out of several events suffering from what is known as the “twisties” – a mental block causing a gymnast to lose track of their positions in midair. This then is her first competition back on the world stage since Tokyo 2020.

She’s been praised for how she handled her own struggles at the last Olympic Games, speaking out about the mental issues she was dealing with on and off the court.

Simone Biles skills named after her
Simone Biles skills named after her

More Medals to come

She will take part in the women’s individual all-around final on Friday, before the women’s vault and uneven bars finals on October 7 and the balance beam and floor exercise finals the following day.

Simone Biles with hubby Jonathan Owens

Simone Biles as Wife

“People think if you’re a wife, you can’t be a professional athlete…”

‘I was married to gymnastics…now is just a part of my day,’ Biles mused on her newfound balance since her marriage to NFL star Jonathan Owens.

Although Biles and Jonathan Owens married in Mexico, they legally had to get married in the U.S. on April 22 in order for it to be recognized the champion noted in an interview.

On how the Owens connection was made, it was Biles’ younger sister Adria, who goaded her into reaching out to Owens. They subsequently met during the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Jonathan Owens plays as a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers having played earlier for the Texans.

Simone Biles makes a flip as coach watches keenly
Simone Biles makes a flip as coach watches keenly

Who is Simone Bile’s biological parents?

Reports suggest Simone’s biological father, Kelvin Clemons, “struggled with his own addictions.” Her mother, Shanon Biles, also struggled with alcohol and drugs. From ages two to about five, Biles, according to USA Today, spent a great deal of time in foster care before grandparents took in Simone and sister Adria and officially adopted them.

Who raised Adria Biles?

Adria and Simone were adopted by their grandparents Ron and Nellie Biles and raised in Houston. It is here Simone Biles found her support system and fell in love with gymnastics. Adria also competed in gymnastics and is a Houston Astros Shooting Stars dance team member.

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