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Get to know Simone Biles: Olympics star's 2021 schedule, age, career medal count and more

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Simone Biles came into the Tokyo Games looking to make history, but a sudden and shocking change in fortune came after Biles' vault in the final of the team competition.

She and the US team earned a silver in the team event after Biles was unexpectedly forced to withdraw from the team final due to a "medical issue." Russia won the team gold.

Biles still looks to become the first woman to earn back-to-back wins in the all-around since 1968 later this week, but USA Gymnastics announced that Biles would be evaluated each day leading up to the individual and all-around competitions.

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Gymnast Simone Biles' Olympic career may never have happened without two people. Her parent's decision to adopt is now helping future generations.
Gymnast Simone Biles' Olympic career may never have happened without two people. Her parent's decision to adopt is now helping future generations.

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Who is Simone Biles?

Biles is an American gymnast. She competed for the U.S. at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a member of the Tokyo 2020 women's gymnastics team.

How old is Simone Biles?

Biles was born on March 14, 1997 and is currently 24 years old. She is the second-oldest member of this year's U.S. Olympic gymnastics team behind MyKayla Skinner, who will turn 25 in December.

How tall is Simone Biles?

Biles is 4-foot-8.

Where is Simone Biles from?

She was born in Columbus, Ohio where she and her younger sister were adopted by Ron and Nellie Biles.

Where does Simone Biles live?

Biles lives in Spring, Texas, where she grew up. Spring is part of the Houston metropolitan area. It is also where World Champions Centre, the gym where Biles and teammate Jordan Chiles train, is located.

When will Simone Biles compete in Tokyo?

The Olympic women's gymnastics team competition opened on Sunday, July 25 with qualifications where the US women had an uncharacteristically inconsistent day. Team finals will took place on Tuesday, July 27.

During the first round of the team finals, Biles withdrew from competition after struggling to land her vault.

As for the individual competition, Biles qualified for the all-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars and vault. She is currently scheduled to compete in the women's all-around at 8 p.m. ET on July 29. Event finals for vault, floor, balance beam and uneven bars will take place in the following days.

How many gold medals does Simone Biles have?

She has four Olympic golds from team, all-around, vault and floor in 2016. When counting U.S. and international competitions, though, Biles has a lot more hardware.

The 22-year-old has 19 gold medals from five World Championship appearances, winning the all-around and floor exercise every year she's participated since 2013. She's also won golds in team, vault and beam competitions at the event.

Who has the most Olympic medals?

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 Olympic medals. He won 23 golds at the Games during his swimming career.

Larisa Latynina, a three-time Olympian for the Soviet Union, is the most-decorated female Olympian and Olympic gymnast. She earned 18 medals, nine of which were gold, between 1956 and 1964.

Biles currently has four golds and one bronze from her performance at the Rio Games.

Simone Biles wears a rhinestone goat on her leotard during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition.
Simone Biles wears a rhinestone goat on her leotard during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition.

Who is the best gymnast in the world?

Biles, whose personal leotards are decorated with a rhinestone goat she's named Goldie, has more than earned her nickname as greatest of all time. She is the most-decorated gymnast in World Championships history with 25 medals, 19 of which are gold.

She also has four gymnastics moves named after her – two on floor, one on beam and one on vault – due to the fact that she is the only person who has ever performed them in competition.

Biles was named the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, 2018 Most Dominant Athlete of the Year by ESPN the Magazine, ESPN's Woman of the Year 2016 and more.

Contact Emily Leiker at eleiker@usatoday.com or on Twitter @emleiker

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