Simone Biles's Parents Have an Adorable Ritual When They Watch Her Compete
Over the past six years, every time Simone Biles has vied for an all-around title in a competition, she's never lost. Just this week in Stuttgart, Germany, she earned her fifth world all-around gold medal, beating her own record set at the 2018 world championships. Today, she racked up a victory in the vault final, tying the record for most decorated gymnast in world championships history (23) and increasing her incredible (and also record-setting) world gold medal count to 17. Tomorrow, in the last competition day of the 2019 worlds, she will have a chance to break that record if she places on the podium in the beam or floor finals. Simone's parents have been in the crowd through it all, cheering her on, and their blatant enthusiasm for their daughter has been another highlight of this year's world championships.
Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her younger sister after the siblings were in the foster care system. After Simone's biological mother struggled with drug and alcohol abuse issues, Ron and Nellie — who were Simone's grandparents — adopted her to become her legal parents. "It was comfortable. It was family," Ron said in a documentary about Simone's life. "Just one big happy family." You can watch a video detailing this adoption story here. Just like her boyfriend, Simone's parents are part of her support system, people she can relay on when she's having a hard time mentally.
"I am a basket case inside at all of her competitions," Nellie told Glamour back when Simone had just returned from winning five medals (four golds) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. But she and Ron are there to see their daughter do what she does best, and we learned at the 2019 worlds that they actually have a ritual of sorts during competitions. Nellie will reportedly only give Ron a kiss after Simone's routines if the 22-year-old hits them (aka, does them to the best of her ability). Simone is very consistent in her execution, so they most likely share a kiss after the majority of her routines.
Following day one of the event finals, NBC asked Simone, "I don't know if you feel the pressure from your father, but he knows he gets a kiss from your mom every time that you hit a routine. Do you feel that pressure having to be cupid out there as well?" Simone answered with a laugh, "No, not necessarily. If I stay in bounds I think that's what makes him the happiest, so fingers crossed that I can make him happy on floor tomorrow." Simone tends to go out of bounds on floor when she's tumbling due to the extreme power she has. (Note: Simone stepped out of bounds in the all-around final, and Ron still got his celebratory smooch!) Ahead, check out some of the times Simone's parents celebrated their daughter's powerhouse performances with a quick (and adorable) kiss. We can't get enough of the love!