Simone Biles is arguably one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. However, it's safe to say that her biggest fans are her parents, Nellie and Ronald Biles.
After effortlessly making the U.S women's gymnastics team for the Tokyo Olympics on June 27th, the twenty-four-year-old took a moment to thank her parents for all of their support of the years.
In an Instagram post shared on Tuesday, her parents can be seen giving their daughter a kiss as they wore matching shirts featuring a quote from Simone: "Because I can."
The caption read: "Appreciation post for my sweet parents. Thanks for making sacrifices since day 1 so I can live out my dream. but most importantly thanks for always being there for me through all the highs and lows. You guys are the absolute best. I love y'all."
Nellie and Ronald are Simone's grandparents however, they officially adopted her in 2003. They have always been front and centre when it comes to supporting her gymnastics career. Not only do they sport Team USA gear while cheering her from the stands, but they even have an adorable ritual during her competitions where they kiss after Simone hits a routine.
However, the olympic trials didn't seem to wow as intended leaving the young performer "sad she didn't give her best performance," after breaking down in tears following a shock fall from the beam.
Despite the uncharacteristic mistake, Simone sailed through trials in the top all-round spot, finishing the second day of competition more than 2 points clear of her second-place teammate Suni Lee.
WE'RE GOING TO TOKYO🎉
such a surreal feeling. I can't believe I made the olympic team for a 2nd time & I'm beyond excited to represent Team USA.
This is just the beginning of the journey.
thanks for all the endless support & love. I couldn't ask for better support 🖤 pic.twitter.com/oL9M1dPmH0
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) June 29, 2021
However Simone confessed during an interview with the Today show's Hoda Kotb on Monday that she was "sad" she didn't give the same flawless performance we are used to seeing her present time and time again.
"I was really happy, but I was sad because everybody came out here to watch us and I didn't give them my best performance," she admitted.
The rarity of Simone making repeated mistakes during a competition lead NBC's commentators Nastia Liukin, Tim Daggett and Terry Gannon feeling the need to reassure viewers at home "not to worry", insisting that the slip-ups do not indicate Simone is losing her flawless touch.
She is still expected to claim her second gold medal in the all-around competition in Tokyo, which could make her the first female gymnast in more than fifty years to win consecutive all-around titles.
However Simone did admit that this Olympic Games is going to be very different than Rio 2016, noting that she is "a little older" this time around and therefore can't recover as quickly as she once used too.
"[I'm] a little bit more tired this time around. I'm a little older so I get tired quicker,' she told the Today show. However confessed seeing younger performers coming up motivates her to keep going.
In May, the gymnast became the first-ever woman to complete a Yurchenko double pike vault at the U.S Classic meet, making history with the tricky skill. She currently has 4 skills named after her, meaning she was the first athlete to successfully perform them in international competition.
Remarkably, Simone's coach Laurent, who has been training with her since 2017, told the Associated Press at the time that the gymnast hadn't yet achieved her "full potential", something that they are hoping to time perfectly for Tokyo. She currently has a myriad of skills so complicated she is the only athlete capable of pulling them off. This includes a triple-twisting, double somersault on floor exercise and a double-twisting, double somersault dismount off balance beam.
You can see Simone Biles compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games, starting on July 23rd.