Olympic gymnast and four-time gold medalist Simone Biles has revealed that she shares her Christian faith with other kids she encounters to help them conquer their downfalls.
Biles, who momentarily took a break from her gymnastics training for a vacation and some family time, is currently promoting her autobiography titled "Courage to Soar." The Olympic champion also talked about the role of Christian faith in the things she is passionate about, Chron relays.
"I wanted to talk about family, competition and things like downfalls and injuries so that kids can understand that I go through those things, too," said Biles. "Kids today talk about faith, and I think it's OK for me to share my faith so kids can see how it helps you through the whole process."
After she became the world gymnastics champion in the Rio Olympics this year, Biles shared that she has a practice of lighting a candle to athletes' patron St. Sebastian before each competition. As a Catholic, her faith has played an important role in getting her through the challenges early in her life, Religion News Service reports.
Biles, now 19, has a biological mother who was addicted to drugs and a father who had abandoned them. Although she and her three siblings were born in Ohio, they ended up in Texas when their grandparents adopted them after they moved back and forth between foster and state care, the Independent Journal Review details.
At present, Biles refers to her grandparents as "mom and dad." Her parents are the one who introduced her to the Christian faith. The Olympic gymnast also goes to church with them whenever she is not competing and constantly carries a rosary given to her by her mother.
Because she has been grounded in her Christian faith and has the support of her loving family, Biles has been able to reach the peak of her success.