‘The Important Thing’ Simone Biles’ Mom Wants Her Daughter To Know Before The Paris Olympics

The world will be watching if and when Simone Biles goes for gold at the Summer Olympics in Paris, but perhaps no one will be more invested in what the legendary gymnast does than her mother.

Biles has won four Olympic gold medals — plus one silver and a pair of bronze — as well as secured a record ninth all-around national championship title, but her mother, Nellie Biles, sees beyond an athlete who dominates her sport.

“The Simone that I know is a young adult that I admire. She knows what she wants,” Nellie Biles told Priscilla Thompson in an exclusive interview that aired on TODAY June 13.

Nellie Biles goes to virtually all of her daughter’s meets and her reactions to watching her often go viral. She says watching Simone is a real nail-biting experience.

“All I’m thinking about and praying for is that she stays safe and that she ends that routine. I could hardly wait for it to be over with,” she said.

Simone Biles competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the 2021 Games in Tokyo, but her mother couldn’t make the trip to Japan, due to COVID restrictions. The Tokyo Olympics were where her daughter had the “twisties,” when a gymnast loses her place in the air. Simone Biles pulled out of multiple events and her mother said it was a tough time.

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