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Simone Biles in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics

Simone Biles in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics. Photo credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

Simone Biles Cements Status As Greatest Gymnast

October 12, 2023 | 1 comment

Simone Biles Cements Status As Greatest Gymnast

Ask students: Who is Simone Biles, and what is her background? Where and when did Biles cement her legacy as the greatest ever gymnast.

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Simone Biles has made history with an incredible comeback after a two-year hiatus, cementing her GOAT status by becoming the most decorated gymnast of all time. Biles competed in the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Belgium where she took home four gold medals bringing her to a total of 37. Geoff Bennett discussed Biles' return to competition with Christine Brennan of USA Today.

For a transcript to read alongside as you watch the video, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Simone Biles, and what is her background?
  • Where and when did Biles cement her legacy as the greatest ever gymnast, according to this story?
  • What are some of Biles' accomplishments that make her stand out as an exceptional gymnast?
  • Why did Biles step away from international competition for two years?
  • How has Biles overcome adversity to achieve her current level of success?

Focus Question

According to this story, Biles took time off to address mental health concerns after 2021. What were some of the active steps Biles took to come back to gymnastics? How did some of those steps help her perform at her best? What approaches would you consider taking in your own life to keep mentally at your strongest?

Extension Activity

Check out this interview from Student Reporting Labs' podcast on teen mental health, 'On Our Minds.' In the interview, Simone Biles teammate Jordan Chiles discusses her own approach to mental health even during the stress of intense competition.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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Eric Civault
Eric Civault October 16, 2023, 7:16 pm

Simone Biles is a great gymnast. I read his background, and her skills are truly amazing. May she continue to inspire others.
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