No one is having a better Olympics than Simone Biles!
On Thursday, the pint-sized gymnast won her SECOND gold medal for Women’s Individual All-Around. She already won the top prize for Team All-Around with the rest of the 2016 USA Olympic team.
While the 19-year-old is having a blast in Rio, life wasn’t always so peachy keen.
When the Ohio-native was two, she was put in foster care because her mom — Shannon Biles — struggled with drug abuse. The athlete and her younger sister Adria were eventually adopted by their grandparents.
In an interview that aired on NBC, Simone’s biological grandfather — Ron — criticizes Shannon for her “many problems.”
Earlier this week, Shannon spoke out and is tired of being painted as an addict when she has been sober since 2007. She said:
“I feel like they’re defaming my character because i know what happened. I was struggling back then. I’ve gotten better and life goes on. And that’s my past and that’s where it should be left at; the past.”
She even blasts Ron for saying such negative things about her on national television.
“I feel like he didn’t have to be so harsh about it. I am his first born. He could’ve been a little bit more classy with it. He didn’t have to put me under the bus like that.”
Shannon says she’s incredibly proud of Simone’s achievements, and says the two see each other every few months. She has even been invited to competitions and family vacations.
We just hope Simone’s family can find peace and forgiveness with the past.
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