Simone Biles is the best gymnast in the world. The 21-year-old superstar has enough gold medals to decorate her entire house, but that doesn’t mean she’s done.
After the 2016 Rio Olympics, Simone took a break from gymnastics. But now she’s back, and she’s better than ever.
Simone and her teammates are currently in Doha, Qatar, for the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The competition, which lasts 10 days, began on October 25.
The women’s team arrived in Doha before the competition to adjust to the time zone and get some practices in. The six young women seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves — in addition to spending a ton of time at the gym, they’re also getting to relax and hang out at their hotel.
Everything was going well for the team, but Simone was experiencing some stomach pains. On Friday night, less than 24 hours before Women’s Qualifications began, Simone went to the ER.
Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast in history. With 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, Simone is an absolute star in the gymnastics world.
Simone has also become a big face in the media. After the 2016 Olympics, people all over the country knew Simone’s name.
After the Rio Olympics, Simone took a break from gymnastics. During this time, she competed on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars.
Simone made her gymnastics comeback in 2018, and she has been dominating every competition.
Right now, Simone is in Doha, Qatar, with her teammates for the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
A few days before the competition began, Simone started experiencing stomach pains on her right side. She’d been having stomachaches and back pain for a few weeks, but she’d written it off as stress about the competition.
Simone’s mom, Nellie, knew something was wrong when Simone joked, “Maybe I need to go to the hospital.” So less than 24 hours before she was set to compete, Simone found herself in the emergency room.
Once the doctors ruled out appendicitis, Simone was relieved. They diagnosed her with a kidney stone and told her she might need to stay at the hospital for the night.
“Yeah, I discharged myself,” Simone told USA Gymnastics. “I’m like, sorry, but I have to compete so I’m leaving, but thanks for letting me know I have a kidney stone. I’ll deal with the pain later.”
And no, she didn’t get the kidney stone removed. Hoping adrenaline would overpower her pain, Simone left the hospital to prepare for the competition.
Less than 24 hours after winding up in the hospital, Simone was in her leotard and ready to make a splash at the World Championships.
Despite being in pain, Simone absolutely killed it. She successfully landed a brand-new vault (which is now named after her), and she qualified for finals in every event and the all-around.
Simone, who always seems to be in a good mood, was even able to make jokes about her kidney stone.
Now that qualifications are over, Simone has to prepare for individual, apparatus, and team finals, which will take place over the next week.
Good luck to Simone and the rest of the US team!