The frontrunner to win gold at the Rio Games has garnered the nickname "the Michael Jordan of gymnastics"

By Laura Cohen
Updated July 09, 2016 09:45 AM
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The 2016 summer Olympics are just a month away, and if there’s one athlete to definitely keep an eye on, it’s 19-year-old Simone Biles. The clear frontrunner to win gold at the Rio Games has garnered the nickname “the Michael Jordan of gymnastics.”

If that’s not enticing enough already, here are some other reasons why you’re about to fangirl your heart out.

1. She entertains us outside the gym.

Normally, someone throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game keeps it pretty low-key and just hopes they can get the ball to the pitcher. Biles, on the other hand, chose to spice things up when when she took the mound earlier this week to throw the first pitch for her hometown Houston Astros – with a casual side aerial.

Please, take a closer look:

2. She has no time for body shamers.

Biles recently appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue along with Gabby Douglas, where the two discussed body shamers and finding confidence. “I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it,” Biles said, describing her body as ‘stockier’ than her fellow gymnasts. “To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am. We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.”

3. She has a signature move called “The Biles.”

Biles has set a new standard for technical proficiency in gymnastics with her signature floor-routine move called “The Biles.” The double lay half-out and forward landing was originally devised to relieve pain from a bone spur in her ankle, Biles told Teen Vogue.

4. She provides daily inspo.


5. She can be silly.

Biles is a friend of former gymnast Shawn Johnson East and found a way to give her a little shout-out during a routine. Now that’s multi-tasking!

6. She’s really, really good.

Biles has dominated the sport ever since she began competing at the senior level in 2013 and has since won 11 national titles in total. After the U.S. championships in June, she became the first woman in more than 40 years to win four U.S. all-around titles in a row.

7. And well rounded.

Meaning, we’ll get to see her dominate in most of the events.

8. She has great taste in guys.
In a video interview with PEOPLE, Biles shared that she’s a major Justin Bieber fan and had pre-ordered his Purpose album. “When the first song came out, which was ‘Sorry,’ we kind of went ballistic and didn’t listen to anything else that day,” she said.

But that’s not all! She added, “I have a celebrity crush on Zac Efron because he has very good looks and I’ve heard he’s nice.” Same, Simone. Same.

9. And in pop stars.

She’s going to be inducted into the squad any day now, right?

10. She encourages others to live their dreams.

Biles wants us all to enjoy our pizza, and for that, we are grateful.