My Star Moment


They say Music is food for the soul. Beyonce’s song “I was here” has been nourishing my soul for the past three years.The verses in the song are so inspirational to the extent that, even if you have no purpose to live for, you’d definitely find one. The first line in the song “I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time” has become my personal mantra. I truly want to leave my footprints on the sands of time. Before I start leaving my footprints on the sands of time, just a quick reminder to let you know that I’m not the first to do that. There are others who have left indelible marks on the sands of time. They have etched their names in the history books and the womb of time as a result of the legacies or achievements they’ve chalked while living. Not only are they trail blazers but they’ve created a niche that nobody will ever usurp from them.

At the mention of the electric light bulb, the name that comes to mind is Thomas Edison. When the Newton’s law of motion is mentioned, the name that comes to mind is Isaac Newton. Many thanks to Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, the world has a unit of measurement for temperature i.e Celsius.

Have you heard of the Biles? Don’t be mistaken by thinking it’s the one your liver produces that aids in the digestion of lipids in the small intestine.

In 2013, a young girl invented a skill in the world of gymnastics. She was the first female gymnast to perform two back flips followed by a half twist in a laid out, or straight, body position. This skill, done on the floor exercise, requires a high level of “air awareness” due to the blind landing.—in other words, as she flips and twists through the air she has to know exactly where the ground is because she won’t see it until she lands. She’s able to pull off moves other gymnasts could only dream about in a world seemingly unbound by the laws of gravity. Her routines and dismounts are so complex and rare in competitions and that is why they just name them after her. Simeone Biles is the only woman in the world who does the “Biles”.

Even though I’m not a gymnastic enthusiast, I was bedazzled by her skills at the just ended Rio 2016 Olympic games. Simone Arianne Biles is a 19year old American artistic gymnast.

She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also won the bronze medal for the balance beam during the Olympics. Biles is a three-time world all-around champion (2013–15), three-time world floor champion (2013–15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015), four-time United States national all-around champion (2013–16), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

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Having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, taking over from Shannon Miller, who had held this record since 1996. Biles is one of only six women to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

From her senior debut in 2013 to the summer of 2016, Biles has scooped up an incredibly impressive list of achievements. Her 14 total world championship medals makes her the most decorated American female gymnast ever, and her ten gold medals gives her the record for most Worlds golds won by a female gymnast. She is also the first female gymnast to win three consecutive all-around titles at the world championships, and the first African-American gymnast to win an all-around World title. At home, she is the third American woman ever to be the all-around national champion four consecutive times.

Like many great achievements, there’s always a sad story behind it and Biles’s is no exception.

Biles and her siblings were born into a fatherless, drug-abusing family and eventually placed in foster care. According to Texas Monthly,Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio, to drug-addicted parents who struggled to cater for their children. Biles and her three siblings were shuffled back and forth between their mother’s house and a foster home. (Biles’s father had abandoned her mother and was never present in his daughter’s life.)

Her upbringing was chaotic. Biles bounced back and forth between state and foster care until she was six years old. In 2001, her foster parents, Ron and Nellie Biles, officially adopted Simone and her sister and moved them to Spring, Texas.

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Her foster parents were the first to introduce Simone to the sport of gymnastics. After a year at a local Texas gym, Biles was spotted by trainer and former competitive gymnast, Aimee Boorman, who has since overseen her meteoric rise.

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All the laurels that Simeone Biles has chalked didn’t come on a Silver platter. In July 2013, she competed at the 2013 secret U.S. Classic where she performed poorly, falling several times and tweaking her ankle on the floor exercise thus leaving her mentally disturbed. She decided not to even attempt a vault—no one, not even Biles considered herself, a favorite to win the 2013 P&G Championships.

Just like the Japanese Proverb, “Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight”, Biles was a completely different gymnast at the P&G Championships. Still just sixteen years old and facing off against 2012 Olympian Kyla Ross, Biles showed the winning confidence, along with high-difficulty skills and faultless execution that has become her competitive signature. She won the all-around gold medal and took silver medals on all four apparatuses: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.

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Having proven herself as the best in the U.S., Biles began building her reputation as the best in the world at the 2013 World Championships. Biles won the world all-around title by nearly a full point. She also qualified for all four event finals, which no American has done since Shannon Miller in 1991. She took home a gold on floor, a silver on vault and a bronze on balance beam—four total medals. At the next year’s world championships, she won all-around gold again.

Biles has won every single all-around competition she’s entered since the 2013 P&G Championships—that’s 12 titles in a row with all-around scores over 62 points when only a handful of gymnasts are able to break 60.

I’m really inspired by the story of this incredible athlete Simeone Biles and I believe there are countless inspirations  that you and I can derive from her story.

The 1st inspiration i derived from her story is “You are not alone” just like Michael Jackson said. This is a young girl who was born into a drug-abusing family through no fault of hers. She could have been plagued with some psychological effects that comes with being a child of a substance abuser such as depression, low self-esteem and in extreme cases suicide. God being so good, she got adopted into a family that gave her a conducive environment to unearth her talents. As time went on, her coach came along to give her the necessary guidance that shot her to greatness. There are times in life that we encounter certain challenges through no fault of ours and we tend to use those challenges as an excuse to fail. There are times we feel so lonely and irrelevant in life. There are times that we feel the world isn’t fair to us and we allow inferiority complex to douse our hopes and aspirations. But I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. There is a chief architect called God that makes everything fall into place perfectly like a puzzle and he will bring someone into your life to turn your fortunes around for the better just like Simeone Biles.

The  2nd inspiration that I’ve derived from this story is “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men”. There are times when I meet some friends and they tell me how if they get money, they can do a lot of things and reach greater heights. I’ve come to the realization that there’s a greater force that can propel us to heights that money cannot and that is talent.Talent is an impetus for success and it is one thing the world recognizes and appreciates. If not for her talent, Simeone Biles wouldn’t have been in the limelight at this stage of her life. Sometimes the only thing that you need to do is to discover your God-given talent and showcase it for the world to see and the money and other perks that comes with talent follows.The  likes of Messi, Bill Gates, Beyonce, Denzel Washington etc are living testimonies to this assertion.

My final inspiration from this story is, Never Ever Give Up. One of the vagaries of life is facing challenges and at a point in our lives, we are bound to encounter some of them but some challenges are so grave that, they can make us lose hope and give up. Biles had an abysmal performance at the 2013 secret U.S. Classic and even wrote herself off as a favorite to win the 2013 P&G Championships. She rose from her slumber to win the all-around gold medal and took silver medals on all four apparatuses at the 2013 P&G Championships. She then went on to win every single all-around competition she’s entered since the 2013 P&G Championships. Today, she is the most decorated American gymnast and one of only six women to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.Can you imagine what she’d have been forfeiting if she had given up?

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Sometimes, our breakthrough moment is meant to be so epic that there has to be no room for errors. That’s why we have to face some setbacks to make us improve on our attempts at greatness thereby making us perfect. See your setbacks as an opportunity to learn something new and work harder at your attempt at greatness and just like Simeone Biles your achievements will be customized in your name just as “the Biles”.

Source of  information:Wikipedia, rhotv, nbcolympics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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