10/20/2018 11:49:24 AM (GMT+3)

Biles keeps her cool in constant glare of spotlight

Biles keeps her cool in constant glare of spotlight

DOHA: Superstar status does not burden three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles of the US with any extra scrutiny or pressure as she prepares for the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that will begin on October 25.

“I try not to focus on who’s watching or what’s happening,” said the 2016 Olympic quadruple gold medalist in a recent media conference call. “Whenever we go out and compete, you kind of just focus on your gymnastics and relate to the training.”

Biles, who is expected to challenge for her fourth all-around title and lead the US to its fourth consecutive world team title in Doha, said keeping her cool in the glare of the spotlight is an attribute she has been mastering since childhood.

“I think it comes from growing up in the sport and being taught to focus on what you’re doing,” said Biles, who won the all-around title at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Worlds but did not compete at the 2017 Worlds. “It’s also a personality trait that I have had since I was younger.”

Of her six opportunities to win a medal here, Biles said team gold would shine brightest.

“I would pick the team competition, because we’ve been really strong over the past couple of years in that event, and we hope to carry the legacy on,” she said. “Here I am the veteran, so I’m excited to go out there and lead them.” (Pic credit: Morgan Hurd Twitter)