At 24, the most powerful gymnast in history has defied expectations to become even stronger—after surviving abuse, enduring a family ordeal and overcoming her own doubts.
The world wants everything from Simone Biles, and she keeps on giving it. She pulls off some of the most difficult skills in gymnastics better than any of her competitors, then adds unimaginable ones.
She takes an improbable winning streak and extends it again. Competing at 24 years old and showing everyone that she’s stronger than she was at 19—her age when she near-swept the 2016 Olympics in Rio—she is a real-time refutation of the assumption that late adolescence spells the end of a top gymnast’s career.
It’s all the more remarkable because of everything she’s had to get through to be here.