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Simone Biles Has Talked About Being a Champion! 6 Must-Read Quotes From the Olympic Gymnast

Aside from being a great athlete, Simone Biles is also a great public speaker and these quotes prove it


It’s no secret that gymnast Simone Biles is considered to be one of the best Olympians of all time. The athlete was born on March 14, 1997, stands at 4′ 8″ and currently has 37 Olympic and World Championship medals, making her the most decorated gymnast in history. But how does Biles really feel about all of those medals and titles? Well, we have rounded up the six best Simone Biles quotes on winning. Keep reading for more. 

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Simone Biles’ quotes on being cocky

Simone Biles reacts after competing on the floor exercise on Day Four of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at Target Center on June 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Biles might be the greatest of all time (or the GOAT), and she certainly knows it, saying in 2019, “It’s not out of cockiness. I’ve won five world titles and if I say, ‘I’m the best gymnast there is,’ (the reaction is) ‘Oh, she’s cocky. Look at her now.’ No, the facts are literally on the paper.”

Simone Biles’ quotes on being an idol for young girls

First place all around winner Simone Biles celebrates after the 2024 Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 02, 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas
Simone Biles (2024) Elsa / Staff/Getty

As well as being a great athlete, Biles is also a great idol for young girls. Not only does she teach them that it’s OK  to go after what you want, but she also shows them how empowering it is to admit that they are good at something. 

In 2019, Biles went on record saying, “It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back.” Biles continued, “You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it, and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good (to do) because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.”

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Simone Biles’ quotes on what the Olympics have taught her

UNE 30: Simone Biles competes on the vault on Day Four of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at Target Center on June 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Simone Biles (2024) Jamie Squire / Staff/Getty

Biles has appeared in two Summer Olympics thus far and is set to make her third appearance at the Paris Olympics at the end of July, and she has been open and honest about what those experiences have taught her. 

“I feel like I learned the most about myself during Tokyo [2021]. How courageous, how brave I am. Because I always like to fake bravery. But I really think that solidified me being brave, speaking up for myself and just putting myself first.”  

Simone Biles’ quotes on mental health

JUNE 30: Simone Biles reacts after being selected for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team on Day Four of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at Target Center on June 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (
Simone Biles (2024) Jamie Squire / Staff/Getty

Another thing Biles has been very open and honest about? Her mental health, especially when it came to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which was where Biles withdrew from the competition. 

“What I’ve been through, I’ve just always fought through it, and it’s just been really hard. We have triggers and unfortunately, I had one of my biggest ones here. But to come out and come back with a bronze medal [for beam], it means the world to end the Olympics like this.”

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Simone Biles’ quotes on experiencing the twisties

- JUNE 30: Simone Biles warms up on the uneven bars prior to Day Four of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at Target Center on June 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Simone Biles (2024) Jamie Squire / Staff/Getty

The twisties are a condition where acrobats’ minds and bodies feel out of sync, and Biles is no stranger to the condition. 

“For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit. My mind & body are simply not in sync,” Biles wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post about suffering from the condition during the Tokyo Olympics. “I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surfaces. Nor do I have to explain why I put my health first. Physical health is mental health.”

“Literally can not tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body. What’s even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air, I also have NO idea how I am going to land. Or what I am going to land on. Head/hands/feet back…,” the athlete continued on writing. “I didn’t have a bad performance and quit. I’ve had plenty of bad performances throughout my career and finished competitions. I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal.”

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync. 10/10 do not recommend.”

Simone Biles’ quotes on how young she is 

Simone Biles reacts after floor on Day Two of the 2024 U.S.Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at Target Center on June 28, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Simone Biles (2024) Karen Hickey/ISI Photos / Contributor/Getty

Biles was 19 at her first Olympics in 2016, meaning she had to have spent a lot of her adolescent life training. Biles commented on that, saying: “I was missing out on public school and going to the football games, prom or homecomings. But I’ve been to three World Championships … so I think it’s like a win-win.

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