Latest Simone Biles News

Destination Paris: Gymnast Jordan Chiles' long journey back to the Olympics is rooted in joy

Jul. 12, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

SPRING, Texas (AP) — Editor’s note: Olympic athletes competing in the marquee sports of gymnastics, swimming and track and field train for one shot at gold every four years with little margin for error. The Associated Press followed several of those athletes during their preparations for the...

Serena Williams hosts an ESPY awards show celebrating landmark year for women's sports

Jul. 12, 2024 00:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led by host Serena Williams, The ESPYS celebrated a landmark year for women's sports, with Simone Biles, A'ja Wilson, Caitlin Clark, Dawn Staley and JuJu Watkins among the honorees on Thursday night. Staley, coach of the national champion South Carolina women’s...

How USA Gymnastics rebounded from a sexual abuse scandal ahead of the Paris Olympics

Jun. 27, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics was a house afire five years ago, the massive fallout surrounding the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal rendering one of the U.S. Olympic movement's marquee programs radioactive. Lawsuits. Bankruptcy. Potential decertification. A revolving door at...

Gymnastics stars Lee, Jones and Blakely battling health issues as Olympic trials begin

Jun. 26, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reigning Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, six-time world championship medalist Shilese Jones and national runner-up Skye Blakely are all facing health concerns ahead of the U.S. Olympic trials. Lee, who has spent the better part of two years fighting multiple kidney...

Graduation, lack of opportunity force most gymnasts to quit. A women's league is out to change that

Jun. 20, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

Luisa Blanco knows her gymnastics career has an expiration date. The funny thing is, the older the recent Alabama graduate gets, the more it seems to keep getting pushed back. For a long time, the 22-year-old Blanco figured her final season with the Crimson Tide this...

Simone Manuel returns from overtraining syndrome with her eyes on Paris Olympics

Jun. 11, 2024 06:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As Simone Manuel zig-zags her way through a cramped deck brimming with swimmers, she's reminded there are still some things she finds annoying about her sport. “I'm not sure a crowded pool deck is always the most fun,” she quips, breaking into a grin. “I don't...

Simone Biles cruises to 9th national title and gives Olympic champ Sunisa Lee a boost along the way

Jun. 03, 2024 08:03 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There used to be a time when Simone Biles would find “beauty in the blindness” ahead of the Olympics, reveling in not knowing what she didn't know. That was eight years ago. Back when she was still just a teenager. Still kind of “ditzy.” ...

Gymnast Simone Biles easily wins her ninth U.S. Championships all-around title as she eyes trip to a third Olympics

Jun. 02, 2024 20:59 PM EDT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gymnast Simone Biles easily wins her ninth U.S. Championships all-around title as she eyes trip to a third Olympics.

Skye Blakely ‘shut down’ after the 2021 Olympic trials. A mental coach helped bring her back

Jun. 01, 2024 12:17 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Skye Blakely didn't want to hear it. Just like most teenagers whenever their parents offer to help. Stephanie and Steven Blakely approached their youngest daughter twice in the aftermath of the 2021 Olympic trials — a meet that ended with the...

Simone Biles, looking perhaps better than ever, surges to early lead at US Championships

May. 31, 2024 23:09 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — It's not the skills, otherworldly though they may be, that Simone Biles has displayed so regularly for so long that stand out so much anymore, at least not to the ones who know her best. The question with the gymnastics superstar — the only question...