Simone Biles: “Dreams DO Come True”

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Yes they do. They absolutely do.

A dream is “a condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.” Another meaning of dream is that it is “a wild fancy or unrealistic hope.” Polar opposite meanings of the same word; either meaning can take you to the top or drag you to the bottom. So which one applies to you? Which definition of dream do you choose? Do you envision your “series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep” as an achievement that is long for or a wild fancy or unrealistic hope?

For Simone Biles, the answer is simple and profound: she has achieved her dream, and it’s not an “unrealistic hope” or a “wild fancy.” Dreams of achievement and accomplishment and joy and jubilee come straight from heaven, and for Simone Biles, the fulfillment of her dream is another illustrious example for us all.

Samone was already considered the world’s greatest female gymnast before even competing in the 2016 Olympics. And she excelled to new heights when she emphatically confirmed her stellar standing on Thursday by winning the women’s individual all-around gold medal at the Rio Games.

Wearing a stars-and-stripes leotard, Biles, 19, joined Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas as American all-around winners.

After winning the all-around at the Olympic trials, she was named to the 2016 Olympic women’s gymnastics team. She led the U.S. team to win gold in a wonderful way, and overcame overwhelming odds to beat the world’s best at the historic 2016 Olympics in Rio, a city living a dream as well.

Born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio, gymnast Simone Biles has emerged as a champion in her sport. She and her sister, Adria, were raised by their grandfather Ron and grandmother Nellie, after their mother’s struggle with a substance abuse problem.

Ron and Nellie eventually officially adopted the two girls, and Biles calls her grandmother “Mom.” Nellie has been a constant source of support through Biles’s rise in the world of competitive athletics; as the gymnast told CNN, “She encourages me and never lets me feel down about something for too long.”

Biles is a part of the 2016 USA Olympic Gymnastics Team dubbed “The Final Five” because after this year, the team will only be comprised of four members. The Final Five are the third American women’s gymnastics team to win gold, following team victories in 1996 and 2012. After taking the team gold, Biles tweeted “dreams DO come true” and a photo of the U.S. team on the medal podium.

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Yes dreams do come true, so let’s you and me make ours come true too.

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