Simone Biles has expressed fears she won’t be “as good” as she competes in the postponed Tokyo Olympics, as she gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at her training in her upcoming docuseries Simone vs Herself.
Premiere on Facebook Watch the seven episodes on June 15 series follows the gold medal-winning gymnast as she prepares physically and mentally for her third Olympics, which were moved from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I never thought the Olympics would be postponed,” the 24-year-old says in a voiceover as footage shows her training at the World Champions Center, her family’s gym in Spring, Texas.
Fears: Simone Biles, 24, wonders if she’ll be ‘just as good’ at the postponed Tokyo Olympics in new trailer for her upcoming Facebook Watch docuseries Simone vs Herself
Workouts: Footage from the trailer shows her workout at the World Champions Center, her family’s gym in Spring, Texas.
“If I have to come back, will I be as good?” she asks. “Can I do it again?”
The official trailer for the series kicks off with Biles and her mother, Nellie, looking back at one of her earliest competition medals.
‘This is my first world medal,’ she says, holding it in front of the camera to show the stamp that reads ‘2013 Antwerp’.
“I remember my coach telling me, ‘You can’t do anything wrong right now. Go out and make a name for yourself. You have nothing to lose.’ And I thought, “You know what, you’re right, I’m a nobody!” the athlete recalls, laughing.
In another scene, Biles admits that she didn’t know what people saw in her when she was six years old, even though she was already hugely talented.
Ready? The seven-episode series follows Biles as she prepares physically and mentally for the Tokyo Summer Olympics after they were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Difficult to handle: “I never thought the Olympics would be postponed,” Biles says. ‘If I have to come back, will I be as good? Can I do it again?’
Busy: Olympic athlete explains that once she steps on the competition floor, she’s competing against herself
Preparation: Biles is the most decorated American gymnast ever with 30 combined Olympic and World Championship medals, but she is not resting on her laurels
“I just felt like a normal kid,” she says. “I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.”
Nellie remembers another mother who came up to her and said, “Simone is really good.”
“We’re like, ‘Hmm, maybe she’s,'” the mother recalls thinking.
Biles is the most decorated American gymnast ever with 30 combined Olympic and World Championship medals, but that only makes her more motivated to do better.
“Once I get on the competition floor,” she explains, “I compete against myself.”
Always impressive: Biles’ mom, Nellie, remembers another mom who came up to her years ago and said, ‘Simone is really good’
Memories: Footage from the trailer shows Biles competing in her earliest competitions. I just felt like a normal kid,” says the gymnast. ‘I didn’t see anything special’
Winner: In one scene, Biles and her mother, Nellie, look back at one of her earliest competition medals
Biles is certainly not resting on her laurels for the Olympics. She’s spent the last year and a half perfecting her Yurchenko double pike – a jump so difficult and risky to perform that no female athlete has ever attempted to put it into competition.
A Yurchenko — named after Natalia Yurchenko, a Russian gymnast who first performed the skill in the early 1980s — starts with a single flip.
While some gymnasts increase the difficulty of the move by adding twists, Simone has taken it a step further by adding a second somersault while in the pike position.
If the vaulter does not turn enough during the double flip, it could result in head or neck injury. Some male gymnasts have landed this jump, but no female gymnast has ever performed it in a competition.
The series will likely show Biles working on the dangerous move, though viewers won’t know it until it airs.
Have fun: The series also features playful moments between the gymnast and her NFL star boyfriend, Houston Texan safety Jonathan Owens
Friendly race: Biles challenges Owens to a ‘gymnastics vs. NFL players’ rope-climbing competition
Fun times: Biles wins the challenge with ease, but Owens isn’t a bad loser. “I had you about three-quarters of the way. I was just burned out,” he admits
The series also features playful moments between the gymnast and her NFL star boyfriend, Houston Texan safety Jonathan Owens.
The trailer shows them having a “gymnasts vs. NFL players” rope-climbing challenge, which Biles won with ease.
“I had you about three-quarters of the way. I’m just burned out,” Owens says good-naturedly.
The Simone vs Herself trailer has been released on Tuesday, just days after Biles claimed her record seventh title at the US Gymnastics Championships.
Shaking off a somewhat sloppy start last Friday, at least by her impeccable standards, Biles put on a four-rotation showcase highlighting why a GOAT decal — a nod to her status as the greatest of all time — has become a fixture. in her competition leotard.
Another gold: The Simone vs Herself trailer dropped on Tuesday, just days after Biles claimed her record seventh title at the US Gymnastics Championships
Success: Biles’ two-day total of 119,650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and close friend and teammate Jordan Chiles
Unbelievable: Biles’ overall score on Sunday of 60,100 was her highest since 2018 and she noted that she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away
Her two-day total of 119,650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and close friend and teammate Jordan Chiles.
Biles’ overall score on Sunday of 60,100 was her highest since 2018 and she noted that she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away.
While her win was never in doubt — it was rare during her nearly eight-year reign on top of the sport — she remains in no mood to kiss.
However, she didn’t even bother with the double pike Yurchenko vault she drilled twice at the US Classic last month. Instead, she chose two with a slightly lower difficulty.
The Yurchenko double pike will return in trials and likely in Tokyo, where if she completes it during competition, yet another element in the sport’s points code will be named after her.
Biles has been a linchpin for Tokyo since she returned to training in late 2017.