SPRING, Texas -- You might not realize the greatest gymnast in the world trains six days a week in a Spring, Texas warehouse. 17-year-old Simone Biles has won back-to-back World Championships in gymnastics. She has more World Champion gold than any other U.S. gymnast ever. Mary Lou Retton has said Simone may be the most talented gymnast she's ever seen. Gabby Douglas claims she's in awe every time she watches her.
"Those are people that I look up to," says Biles, "so to hear them say that about me, it's really amazing... I don't know, I can't even believe it."
But don't think this all comes easy for Simone. Far from it! She trains for five hours three days a week and then does two-a-days (for three and fours hours) the rest of the week. All this, gearing up for the Summer Olympics next year.
She was too young in 2012, she explains, so 2016 will be her last chance. At 19, she'll be the oldest competing, if she makes the team. "For the U.S., we're usually 16 to 18," Simone explains, "I'll turn 19 in March that year." Regardless though, she's fairly confident, "I still feel fine for my age, so I think if my body holds up, and I do the right training, I think I'll be fine."
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