"My dad made me stand in the driveway with him and throw a ball back and forth, just to make sure I knew how," Simone Biles told Uni Watch

By Jen Juneau
April 16, 2021 01:48 PM
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Simone Biles throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field on September 8, 2017
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Simone Biles is athletically disciplined — even in sports other than gymnastics.

The decorated Olympic athlete, 24, previously chatted with Uni Watch in June 2018 about how she prepared to throw first pitches at multiple Major League Baseball games.

In the interview, published this week, Biles said "never in [her] life" had she played softball or baseball before training to throw the pitches, which she had done both in 2016 and 2017 at that point. (She has since tossed once more: in 2019 during Game 2 of the World Series.)

"My dad made me stand in the driveway with him and throw a ball back and forth, just to make sure I knew how," she told Uni Watch.

Her father's reasoning? "He was like, 'You're not gonna end up in one of those "fail" videos,' " Biles quipped.

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Each time she has tossed the ball for the ceremonial first pitch, Biles has included a flip for emphasis, to the delight of the crowds.

Most recently, in 2019, the Houston native threw out the first pitch before the city's Astros faced off against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park.

In her recently published 2018 conversation with Uni Watch, Biles said, "The flips were second nature, but throwing a ball afterward — I practiced that one or two times, just to make sure."

"I was so nervous. Much more nervous than I'd be for gymnastics," she continued, adding that she "switched it up" a bit between her first and second pitches, just to keep a fresh "routine."

Simone Biles performs a flip after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Two of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019
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Biles is getting ready to take on her second Summer Olympics in July, when she will head to Tokyo to compete as part of Team USA.

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Earlier this week, the four-time Olympic gold medalist opened up to Hoda Kotb on the Today show about how her return to the mat will be symbolic, after she previously went public with the abuse she experienced at the hands of convicted sexual predator and former Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

"Since I'm still here and I have quite a social media presence and platform, they have to do something," Biles told Kotb, 56. "So I feel like, coming back, gymnastics just wasn't the only purpose I was supposed to [have]."

"I just feel like [with] everything that happened, I had to come back to the sport to be a voice, to have change happen," she said.