G.O.A.T. – Simone Biles: Why She is Like No Other (Part I)

She holds four Olympic gold medals. 

It most likely goes without saying that she is the greatest gymnast of all time. The 22-year-old possesses more titles than there is space to post. If you are keeping count, Biles has in per possession four world all-around titles and four Olympic gold medals. She has earned more world medals (25 to be exact) than anyone in history.

So, as you can tell, she’s very, very good.

And after her amazing performance at the 2019 nationals qualifier, the U.S. Classic, it appears as if 2019 and the time going up to the 2020 Olympics, is beginning to be just like the other winning years that Biles is known to be famous for. Another way to put it is that it will be more of the same.

But what precisely makes Simone Biles so good? Here are a few of the many, many ways she is so amazingly special:

She keeps pushing the boundaries of the sport

Biles is famous for her gravity-defying floor routines. Even though her skills are leaps and bounds ahead of her competition, she still is constantly trying to bring new elements to her already tricky repertoire.

She’s virtually unbeatable

There are winning streaks in sports. Then there is the Simone Biles’ winning streak. She has earned 19 straight all-around titles, going on for six years. In a sport where the normal senior best career usually lasts no more than one Olympic cycle, Biles’ dominance is typically the gymnastics equivalent to what the Chicago Bulls did in the 1990s.  If Michael Jordan hadn’t left the team for a year and a half to play baseball.

And not only does Biles win, win, win, but she also towers above her competition and barely leaves her opponents even a chance to win gold.

 

The Legacy of Pat Summitt 

Pat Summit was an incredible coach to the women’s basketball team at the University of Tennessee. 

An important (one of many) saying of the legendary University of Tennessee famous women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt was “Right foot, left foot, breathe.” In her 38-year career at UT, Coach Summitt led the Lady Vols to 8 National Championships, 18 NCAA Final Fours, and 32 SEC Championships while having a 100% student-athlete graduation rate. When she retired in 2012, Pat Summitt was the winningest NCAA Basketball Coach in history among women and men and women. 

These achievements led to the formation of a leadership model referred to as “The Definite Dozen” which highpoints what she feels are the values one must-have for success. According to Summitt, “The Definite Dozen is about being attentive to basics, those factors that enable you to satisfy a profound, bigger, and more significant goal.”

  • Respect others and yourself
  • Take full responsibility
  • Demonstrate and develop and loyalty
  • Try to be a great communicator
  • Learn how to control yourself so no one else needs to
  • Make hard work your passion
  • Don’t just work hard, work smart
  • Put the team before yourself
  • Let winning be your attitude 
  • Be a competitor
  • Change is a must
  • Handle success like you handle failure

Quotes from the Summitt – created by the Pat Summitt Leadership Group, is filled with many pearls of Pat’s wisdom. These values can be used in all areas of life, regardless if it is the boardroom or the basketball court. 

Here are a few more of Coach Summitt’s wise words: 

  • Sometimes, saying nothing can be just as powerful.
  • You meet the same people on the way up that you will meet on the way down.
  • It’s crucial to be able to laugh at yourself.
  • Discover what you love to do.

Sadly, Pat Summitt died in 2016 after a long battle with early Alzheimer’s.