Simone Biles (pictured) is a 19-year-old global gymnastics phenom who is on top of the world right now.
Simone just won a gold medal competing at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Her path toward excelling in the world of gymnastics began in the summer of 2011 at the age of 14, which is when she participated in the American Classic gymnastics competition in Houston, Texas.
Simone’s passion for gymnastics continued as she went on to compete in the 2011 Visa Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. However, in 2012, her life took a major turn for the best when she became a homeschooled child instead of assimilating the usual path of being educated in traditional private or public education institutions.
At the age of 13, Simone was depressed as she struggled with the battle of balancing the demanding environment of traditional education and trailblazing the path of becoming a world-class athlete. She talked about this period of her life in an exclusive interview with Lorraine O’Neal, a news correspondent working with Sports Illustrated in collaboration with TheUndefeated.com
“I was just so lonely all the time,” Simone said in her interview with O’Neal. “I missed, like, all my friends at school and stuff. But I mean, in the end, it worked out,” she continued.
Homeschooling allowed Simone to have the time to customize her secondary education experience while continuing to ardently train on the rigorous schedule that is required for a world-class athlete. She was free to progress at her own pace and successfully balance her training and competition regimen in a way that helped her achieve her life-long dreams.
Much like she masterfully navigates the balance beam, Simone balanced her studies in a way that was conducive to her extraordinary career as an Olympic Gold Medalist. Be on the look out for her four years from now as she continues to dominate the world of professional gymnastics on a global scale.