Simone Biles isn't your average athlete. In fact, she's far from average. Standing at four feet, eight inches, she's been tearing up the gym floor since she was about 6 years old. Let's take a look at how she transformed from a tiny acrobatic wonder to gymnastics' next big thing.
When Biles was just a toddler, she was faced with a significant lifestyle change. She and her siblings were taken away from their biological mother, who was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. She moved in with her grandparents, whom she considers her true parents.
But Biles didn't live with her grandparents right away. For three years, she and her siblings were in and out of foster homes. When she was six, her grandparents made the decision to adopt her and her siblings. Biles wrote about her own fostering experience and the value of fostering in general for an essay published by CNN. She touched upon the importance of finding a purpose while growing up, saying,
"Finding a family made me feel like I mattered. Finding a passion, something I loved and was really good at, made me feel like I mattered."