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Who Are Simone Biles' Parents?

Robert Mann

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Who Are Simone Biles' Parents?

After gymnast Simone Biles was forced to pull out of the team finals in Tokyo on Tuesday, she will no doubt need a strong family support system to help her recover.

Under an enormous amount of pressure, Biles walked into the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics as one of the Games' most-talked about athletes.

But the 24-year-old was forced to pull out of Team USA's gymnastic team final on Tuesday, as a result of her mental health woes - and will not be able to defend her Olympic title.

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Simone Biles is widely considered as the greatest gymnast of all time
Simone Biles is widely considered as the greatest gymnast of all time

Just like any other sports-related injury, Biles couldn't have predicted that her mental health was going to suffer enough to warrant her withdrawal.

But luckily for Biles, she has a strong support system in her family, namely in her parents Nellie and Ronald Biles, and boyfriend Jonathan Owens.

So, what else do we know about Biles' family and her upbringing?

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Who are Simone Biles' parents?

Ronald, Simone's biological maternal grandfather, and his wife, Nellie, adopted Simone and her sister, Adria, in 2000 when Simone was six-years-old.

She and her sister had been in and out of foster care for three years at the time. Simone's two other siblings, Tevin and Ashley, were adopted by Ronald's sister.

Simone and her family have been open about the adoption process.

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On Dancing With The Stars in 2017, Biles shared more about the story of her adoption, explaining that her biological mother struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and "was in and out of jail".

Simone Biles' foster care upbringing

When Biles visits foster children or partners with sponsors to provide kids in the foster system with clothes and school supplies, it's not a PR stunt to sharpen her image.

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Because Biles was, in fact, a foster child herself. A moment of her life in which she says she will never forget.

"I know exactly how it is, and I know exactly how you feel being a foster kid," Biles told USA TODAY Sports.

"I can be a voice for them. I can help them, and I can tell them that they're not alone and that it's going to be ok. That you can also still be great in the world."

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Biles' biological mother, Shanon, struggled with drugs and alcohol, and her children were often removed from her care.

Up until the age of 5, Biles said she and her three siblings spent much of their time in foster care.

She added: "We were really fortunate because we got to stay with our siblings, which most siblings get separated.

"We had a good experience in foster care - so I can't knock that."

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images

Topics: Simone Biles

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