Courage to Soar (with Bonus Content): A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance

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Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.

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About the author

New York Times bestselling author Simone Biles is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and a three-time World all-around gymnastics champion. In 2015 at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, she became the only female gymnast to ever win three consecutive all-around titles. She is also the most decorated American female gymnast, with a total of nineteen medals, fourteen of them gold. Simone, who was born in Ohio and later adopted by her grandparents in Texas, began her training at age 6. During a serendipitous day care field trip to Bannon’s Gymnastix, a coach recognized Simone’s natural talent and sent home a letter to her parents, requesting that they enroll her in a class. Simone rose quickly through the sport’s levels, and in 2011, she began her junior elite career at the American Classics in Huntsville, Texas, where she placed third all-around. Amid a few setbacks in the following two seasons, Simone rebounded in 2013 to claim the first of her three all-around World Championship titles. With her strong faith in God and her triumph against the odds, Simone is inspiring millions to dream big and follow their hearts.

Michelle Burford is a #1 New York Times bestselling collaborative writer and a founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a Harvard-trained journalist whose work has taken her to more than 35 countries on six continents. A native of Phoenix, Michelle now resides in New York City. Visit her online at

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Published on
Nov 15, 2016
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Sports & Recreation / Gymnastics
Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
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Simone Biles
 La popular gimnasta Simone Biles nos descubre la historia de sacrificio y superación que le ha valido el oro olímpico gracias al don que Dios le ha concedido.

"Simone Biles es un claro ejemplo para todos los jóvenes y para toda la sociedad. Nos transmite claramente que si uno se propone conseguir un objetivo lo puedes lograr. No hay obstáculo insuperable. Gracias, Simone, por este maravilloso libro". -Del prólogo de LAURA MUÑOZ Gimnasta olímpica en Los Ángeles 1984 y Seúl 1988, fue la primera española en conseguir un 10

"La vida de Simone es una gran historia de éxito para todas las edades". -MARTHA KAROLYl Coordinadora del equipo nacional de gimnasia artística de Estados Unidos del 2000 al 2016

"Sin miedo a volar es realmente una historia extraordinaria sobre una persona y una atleta increíble... Todos y cada uno de los capítulos son verdaderamente inspiradores". -NASTlA LlUKlN, Ganadora de cinco medallas olímpicas y conferenciante motivacional

Mi camino a las Olimpiadas de 2016 comenzó un día de excursión escolar. Quizá creas que lo más asombroso de mi historia es llegar a ser medalla de oro olímpica en los Juegos de Río de Janeiro, partiendo de una infancia difícil en un centro de acogida. Pero no es así. Lo más milagroso de todo es cómo lo conseguí... O para ser más preciso, quién me ayudó a conseguirlo.

Os voy a contar una historia. Mi historia. Os voy a contar cómo mi fe y mi familia consiguieron que mis sueños más profundos se hicieran realidad. Y cómo cuando persigues un sueño puede darte alas para volar.

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