My journey to the 2016 Olympics started on a daycare field trip. You might think that going from a girl in foster care to being an Olympic gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro is the most amazing part of my journey. It isn’t. It’s how I got there — or more accurately, who got me there — that is most miraculous. I’m going to tell you a story. My story. How my faith and my family made my wildest dreams come true. And how embracing a dream can give you courage to soar. – Simone
Courage to Soar
Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.
Simone Biles is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and a three-time World all-around gymnastics champion. In 2015 at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, she became the only female gymnast to ever win three consecutive all-around titles. She is also the most decorated American female gymnast, with a total of nineteen medals, fourteen of them gold.
Simone, who was born in Ohio and later adopted by her grandparents in Texas, began her training at age 6. During a serendipitous day care field trip to Bannon’s Gymnastix, a coach recognized Simone’s natural talent and sent home a letter to her parents, requesting that they enroll her in a class. Simone rose quickly through the sport’s levels, and in 2011, she began her junior elite career at the American Classics in Huntsville, Texas, where she placed third all-around. Amid a few setbacks in the following two seasons, Simone rebounded in 2013 to claim the first of her three all-around World Championship titles. With her strong faith in God and her triumph against the odds, Simone is inspiring millions to dream big and follow their hearts.
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Simone’s narrative outlines a great success story for all ages. In Courage to Soar, you will learn firsthand how Simone was able to combine her great natural talent with dedication, perseverance, and, yes, sometimes small sacrifices, in order to reach her goal. I truly enjoyed being part of her journey to world fame!
I’ve seen Simone Biles grow as a person and gymnast over the past several years, and as one of her biggest fans, I am excited about what the undoubtedly bright future has in store for this fantastic and admirable young woman. As you read the pages of Courage to Soar, you will delight in getting to know this Olympic champion who was allowed to be a child and has grown up in a loving family that still plays a huge part in balancing her life. She is everything you would hope for in a champion—humble, kind, genuine, and an overall amazing human being.
Simone Biles became America’s sweetheart this summer in Rio, but her story is what will make people fall in love with her forever. Filled with strength, courage, and inspiration, Courage to Soar is truly a remarkable story about an amazing athlete and person. Not only did I enjoy the journey Simone takes you on, but I continuously felt inspired through each chapter.