‘Natural aptitude for sport’: Simone Biles’ trainer reveals incredible gripping ability that helped her achieve success in gymnastics

Simone Biles established herself as a top athlete in the field of gymnastics right from the start. At her first world championships as a senior in 2013, she won the all-around title on her first try. And then went on to defend that title for his next five competitive seasons.

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But where most gymnasts start training at a young age, Simone Biles didn’t get into the sport until she was six years old. Despite her late start, she won a total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals during her career, becoming one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time. So what makes it so good?

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Simone Biles’ coach talks about her incredible adaptability

Former coach of four-time Olympic champion Aimee Boorman revealed in an interview with The New York Times that Simone Biles is exceptionally quick to assimilate. When it comes to learning new skills, she can pick them up faster than her peers from afar.

“I would say it probably doesn’t take him more than three days to learn a new skill. Many athletes – it takes them years,” Boorman said. Combined with his short stature, willingness to train for hours, and powerful running, Biles becomes an unstoppable force in gymnastics.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 23: Simone Biles of the United States reacts after finishing her performance on balance beam during Superstars of Gymnastics at O2 Arena on March 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Throughout his career, the living legend has given a masterclass in what it means to dominate a sport. Biles was practically unbeatable. She had four signature moves that bear her name in three separate events: floor, vault and balance beam.

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Biles sent shockwaves around the world by withdrawing from multiple events. She cited mental health reasons for the withdrawal, saying she began to experience the “twists” that caused her to lose spatial awareness when she was in the air. She prioritized her health and safety and has been on hiatus ever since.

Biles was quick to learn from the start

The most decorated gymnast in the history of the World Championships went during a daycare excursion at Bannon’s Gymnastix in Houston, Texas at the age of 6. There she was mesmerized as she watched the gymnasts perform skillful moves.

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She imitated them and impressed the coaches so much that they sent a letter home with her, encouraging her parents to enroll her in lessons. As a beginner, Biles was the oldest student in her class full of toddlers, with the other six-year-olds already training at a higher level.

But that changed quickly as she learned difficult moves at lightning speed, climbing ropes and performing tricks that should have been way above her skill level. She did the standing tuck on her first try just by watching another girl do it.

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Biles was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) when he was 9 years old. Biles says her challenge is also her superpower because it helped her become an amazing gymnast. Turning obstacles into strengths is his forte, and fans can’t wait for his return to competition.

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Valerie J. Wallis