If you haven’t heard the name Simone Biles at least 50 times over the last week, you’ve been living under a rock.
The 19-year-old gymnastics powerhouse has been living up to her high-ranking reputation and has been dominating the gym.
She became the first American gymnast to win 3 gold medals in a single Olympic games. Gold medal in women’s individual all-around, gold in women’s team all-around, and gold in women’s vault, Team USA’s first in this category.
The gold medal that Biles received in women’s vault helped her surpass Shannon Miller in the all-time medal total (Olympics + Worlds) with 17.
Biles also won a bronze medal in the women’s beam yesterday, which she had originally qualified in first.
Halfway through her routine, Biles was attempting a front tuck. When her left foot landed on the edge of the beam, she lost her balance for a second, and used the beam to regain her balance.
Biles was more disappointed at her mistake than about the bronze medal. Being harder on herself for missing one skill than not getting the gold medal.
“It’s something that you guys shove into my head, and at 19, I can’t put that much stress on myself because I am only 19,” Biles said in a USA today article. “I think you guys want it more than I do because I just want to perform the routines that I practice.”
With a level of stress that most 19-year-olds will never have to experience, Biles has placed more realistic expectations on herself. Instead of being disappointed, she appears to be more reflective and ready to keep pushing on.
It’s opportunities like yesterday’s ‘mistake’ on beam that helps one, like Biles, to reflect, learn, and grow.
Such an experience mirrors the opportunity of nurturing an idea, starting a business, and building it to a success.
You find something that you are passionate about, you work hard, put yourself out there, and sometimes it might not work out the way you planned. Instead of admitting defeat or placing blame elsewhere, you turn towards yourself. You look internally, adjust your strategies and expectations, change your execution, go back out there and try again.
“I think that, sort of, the basis behind entrepreneurship is failure, and learning from failure,” said Jason Finestone from Pass The Table when we interviewed him for our original blog series, Team Talk. “I think that you can actually achieve a lot more and learn a lot more by failing than succeeding often.”
Biles has her final event this afternoon, the women’s floor finals. If she receives a medal, she becomes one of 4 Americans to win five medals in one Olympics. If she wins gold, she becomes one of only 4 to win 4 gold medals.
“I think it’s a very good way to end it,” she said.
Whether Biles wins gold today or not, her positive attitude, resilience under pressure, and determination makes her the one to watch!