Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. Today we are honoring Simone Biles, who is a stunning representation of sports culture in America.
The 19-year-old athlete has been competing in gymnastics championships since 2011, but she first won our hearts at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Biles was part of the Final Five women's team alongside Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman. This group of ladies were the confident face of Team USA and scored nine gold medals together.
Biles was one of the standouts of last year's Olympic Games, as she hit every landing with grace and a beaming smile that shone almost as brightly as the coveted awards. Along with winning with her teammates, the gymnast took home four gold medals of her own while simultaneously making history. She set the American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games. It's no wonder Tom Brady recently called her the "Greatest of All Time"!
When she's not competing, Biles can been seen inspiring young girls with her Nike campaign that features Beyoncé's 2013 "Jealous" single. Or she's making her music video debut for Jake Miller's "Overnight" tune, where the athlete shows off a flirty side with the singer.
Biles currently holds the crown of being the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history with 17 medals in Olympic and world-championship competitions, which surpassed Shannon Miller's previous 16-medal record. But this is just the beginning of Biles' career. As she officially enters her 20s this year, the athlete is bound to break even more records that will solidify her place in black history.