U.S. Olympian Simone Biles is currently considered the best female gymnast in the world.
At age 19, she has already the most decorated gold medalist in world championship gymnastics history.
While in Rio, Biles has the chance to secure five gold medals.
However, her road to success was far from easy.
Born to a drug-addicted mother, Biles and her siblings shuffled back and forth from foster homes and state care since she was a child, before finally being adopted by her grandparents.
Biles and her siblings were born into a fatherless, drug-abusing family and eventually placed in foster care. According to Texas Monthly:
Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997 to drug-addicted parents who struggled to care for their children. Biles and her three siblings were shuffled back and forth between their mother’s house and a foster home. (Biles’s father had abandoned her mother and was never present in his daughter’s life.)
When I asked her what memories she has from those days, Biles recalled that one of the foster homes had a trampoline that she and her siblings weren’t allowed to play on.
Her upbringing was chaotic. Biles bounced back and forth between state and foster care until she was six years old. In 2001, her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, officially adopted Simone and her sister and moved them to Spring, Texas.
Simone describes the moment when her grandparents, Ron and Nellie, became Mom and Dad:
At the time, the sisters called Ron and Nellie “Grandpa” and “Grandma,” but one day Nellie sat Simone and Adria down for a talk. “She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us Mom and Dad,’ ” Simone remembered.
“I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘Mom, Dad, Mom, Dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘Mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ ”
Here is what Simone wrote about her parents on Father’s and Mother’s Day this year:
Check out Simone’s signature move, “the Biles”…
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 8, 2016
Bring home the gold, Simone.