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Simone Biles, Texans’ Jonathan Owens share major relationship news

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens pose for a selfie

Simone Biles and Houston Texans defensive back Jonathan Owens had a particularly special Valentine’s Day this year.

Biles revealed on Tuesday morning that she and Owens are engaged. The four-time Olympic gold medalists shared some photos from when Owens proposed.

Owens shared the same photos on his Twitter account and captioned them, “Woke up this morning with a fiancee.”

Biles and Owens have been dating since 2020. Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, was shown at a Texans game this past season after Owens enjoyed a special moment.

Look: Simone Biles was at Texans game for boyfriend Jonathan Owens’ INT

Simone Biles celebrates Jonathan Owens' interception

Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens recorded the first interception of his career on Sunday, and his girlfriend Simone Biles was in attendance to see it live.

Owens intercepted a Justin Herbert pass late in the second quarter of Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Biles, who has been dating Owens for over a year, was shown in the stands at NRG Stadium celebrating the big play.

You can see the interception below:

Owens was elevated from Houston’s practice squad earlier this month. He made his first NFL start against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and Biles supported him then as well.

Biles, 24, is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. She entered the 2020 Summer Olympics as the favorite to win gold medals in multiple gymnastics events, just as she had done at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Instead, she ended up with two medals, and withdrawing from four competitions, citing mental health issues.

Simone Biles blames sexism for making her mental issues worse

Simone Biles

Simone Biles’ Tokyo Olympics did not go at all as expected.

Biles entered the 2020 Summer Olympics as the favorite to win gold medals in multiple gymnastics events, just as she had done at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Instead, she ended up with two medals, and withdrawing from four competitions, citing mental health issues.

Biles did not have an easy time, but was proud of herself for rallying to win a bronze medal on the balance beam.

After winning the bronze medal at the conclusion of her games, Biles gave an interview to NBC’s Mike Tirico. She discussed her mental issues during the interview.

Tirico asked Biles how hard it is to be labeled the greatest gymnast of all time and have to prove it time and time again. Biles then gave an odd response where she invoked sexism.

“I feel like it’s hard, but it’s harder being a female athlete,” Biles said. “Everybody prays for your downfall and wants you to mess up and all that stuff.”

Seriously, I have to ask where Biles is getting this from. Where is her proof that people are praying for her downfall? Moreover, where is her proof that these supposed haters are hoping to see her fail more than they hope to see male athletes fail? Worse yet, why would she even think people want her to fail, much less be concerned with these unimportant opinions?

Biles entered the Tokyo Olympics as a beloved figure. She was painted by NBC as one of the faces of the Olympics. She was deemed by many the greatest gymnast ever, heavily hyped, and people were excited to see her greatness in action once again.

What on earth would make her think people want to see her fail because she is a woman, and what would even make her concerned with this? If she is concerned about people wanting her to fail, that could be the root of some of her mental issues. She’s a world-class athlete and should not be concerned about anyone’s opinion, except for maybe her coaches, family, and teammates.

She seems to be convinced that she is a victim because she is a female. She should instead view herself as an incredibly talented and blessed individual who is pursuing greatness and cannot be stopped. If the best gymnast ever thinks she is a victim of what people who do not matter think about her performances, then she needs to completely regroup about her mental process. She needs to stay off social media, stay away from media consumption, and block all that out. Because none of it matters.

Biles further emphasized with Tirico that she wants people to see her as a vulnerable victim.

“And I don’t think they take into consideration our mental health,” Biles said. “Because what we do isn’t easy. At the end of the day, we’re not just athletes or entertainment; we’re human too and we have emotions and feelings and things that we’re working through behind the scenes that we don’t tell you about.”

If I had four Olympic gold medals, I’d want people to view me as a great athlete who rose to become the best performer in my sport during the highest level of competition. It’s odd that Biles instead is so desperate for people, whose opinions do not matter, to recognize how much she overcomes day-to-day in order to achieve her heights. Does she think people think it’s easy to do what she does? They don’t, which is why they are so impressed when she wins multiple medals at the Olympics.

Biles has everything backwards if she is viewing herself as a victim and feeling that people want to see her fail because they are sexist. That sort of thinking impairs performance rather than improves it.

Simone Biles, Taylor Swift trade love on Twitter ahead of balance beam final

Simone Biles

Simone Biles and Taylor Swift traded some love on Twitter ahead of the balance beam final on Tuesday in Tokyo.

Biles’ 2020 Summer Olympics have gone anything but expected this year. Viewed as a favorite to dominate the gymnastics field in Tokyo, Biles instead dealt with some mental issues called the “twisties” that prevented her from competing in several events.

Biles withdrew from the team competition and the finals of all the individual events, except for the balance beam. The beam, which was the final individual event, was going to mark her return at the Olympics.

NBC had Taylor Swift narrate a video promoting Biles’ return. Biles responded to the video and said she was “crying” over how special it was.

Swift replied and said she cried too while watching Biles.

Biles ended up winning the bronze medal at the event.

After winning four golds and a bronze in 2016 at Rio, Biles won silver in the team event and bronze on the balance beam in the 2020 Games at Tokyo. She now has seven medals in her Olympics career.

Simone Biles explains why bronze medal meant more than all her golds

Simone Biles

Simone Biles made her highly anticipated return to competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, and she captured yet another piece of hardware. While it was not a gold medal, Biles said it was the most rewarding medal she has ever won.

Biles came in third and won the bronze medal in the individual balance beam final. She scored a 14.00, finishing behind Chinese gymnasts Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing. In an interview with TODAY after the competition, Biles said the bronze medal meant more to her than the four golds she won at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“It means more than all the golds because I’ve pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I’ve even been here,” Biles said. “It was very emotional, and I’m just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well.”

Biles added that she was not concerned with winning a medal and was just happy she got to compete one more time in Tokyo. The fact that she performed well enough to win a medal after struggling mentally over the past week made it even more special.

“I don’t get to like embrace it yet, but I’m just proud I could go out there and compete one more time before the Olympics was over,” Biles said.

In doing so, Biles tied an Olympic record. She now has seven Olympic medals (four golds, a silver and two bronzes), which places her even with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals ever won by a U.S. gymnast.

Biles withdrew from the team all-around last Tuesday. She later revealed that she was “shaking” and could not focus leading up to the event. She then sat out the individual all-around and withdrew from two more events.

On Friday, Biles opened up about her “petrifying” mental block while answering questions from fans on social media.

Simone Biles to compete in balance beam final

Simone Biles

Simone Biles has withdrawn from several events over the past week to address some mental struggles she has been having, but she is not done competing at the Tokyo Olympics.

USA Gymnastics has announced that Biles will compete in the balance beam final on Tuesday along with Suni Lee.

Biles withdrew from the team all-around last Tuesday. She later revealed that she was “shaking” and could not focus leading up to the event. She then sat out the individual all-around and withdrew from two more events.

On Friday, Biles opened up about her “petrifying” mental block while answering questions from fans on social media. She said she is suffering from the “twisties,” which sounds a lot like a golfer having the yips.

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync,” Biles wrote. “Literally can not tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body.”

Biles also hit back at anyone who says she has quit on her team.

“For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit,” she wrote. “My mind & body are simply not in sync. … Physical health is mental health.”

Biles, 24, is the most decorated US gymnast by far. Her withdrawal from the individual all-around opened the door for Lee to capture her first Olympic gold medal. The 18-year-old’s father had an emotional message for Biles after the event.

All eyes will be on Biles in the balance beam final.

Simone Biles withdraws from two more gymnastics events

Simone Biles

The chances of seeing Simone Biles compete again in the Tokyo Olympics appear to be dwindling after the American withdrew from two more events.

Late Friday, USA Gymnastics issued a statement confirming that Biles would withdraw from the finals for both the vault and uneven bars. She will be replaced by MyKayla Skinner. The statement said that Biles would continue to be evaluated to determine whether she would be able to participate in the floor exercise and balance beam, the other two events for which she is eligible.

Biles is currently experiencing what she called the “twisties,” a sort of mental block that causes her to be disoriented in the air. That is a serious issue for a gymnast who relies on extensive body control, grace, and agility to perform.

Biles’ absence from the individual events has allowed other U.S. gymnasts to shine. It remains to be seen whether Biles will be able to participate in the final two events, but the possibility of her participation certainly seems unlikely.

Simone Biles opens up about ‘petrifying’ mental block

Simone Biles

It is unclear if Simone Biles will compete again at the Olympics this year, but the 24-year-old gymnast has made an effort to help fans understand the mental struggles she has been having in Tolyo.

After she withdrew from the women’s gymnastics team all-around on Tuesday, Biles revealed that she was “shaking” and could not focus leading up to the event. She has since answered questions about the issues from fans on Instagram. On Friday, Biles shared two videos that showed her trying to do her uneven bars dismount, and it was clear something was not right. She deleted the videos but wrote about the mental block she is experiencing. Biles called the problem the “twisties,” which sound similar to the yips in golfing.

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync,” Biles wrote, via TMZ. “Literally can not tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body.”

Biles said the most frightening part is that she is disoriented while in the air and has “no idea how I am going to land, or what I am going to land on.” This is not the first time she has dealt with the issue, which she says usually resolves on its own. She said overcoming it can take two weeks or more but that she can only take things “literally day by day, turn by turn.”

Biles also hit back at anyone who has said she quit on her team.

“For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit,” she wrote. “My mind & body are simply not in sync. … Physical health is mental health.”

Biles has qualified for several individual events, but she is unsure of when she might return. She withdrew from the individual all-around on Thursday, which opened the door for 18-year-old Suni Lee to capture her first Olympic gold medal. Lee’s father had an emotional message for Biles after the event.

Suni Lee’s father had emotional message for Simone Biles

Suni Lee

Suni Lee took home her first ever gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, and her father was quick to give credit to Simone Biles.

Lee, who is 18, won the women’s gymnastics all-around final. Biles was heavily favored to win the event for a second straight Olympics, but she withdrew due to mental health issues she has been having. After Lee posted a score of 57.433 to win the gold, her father John Lee told “TODAY” that there is “no words to express” how much the medal means to his family. He then had a message for Biles.

“I’m gonna tell (Suni) that I’m super proud of her,” John Lee said, via NBC 5 Chicago. “I want to tell her too that no matter what, I’ll support her and I want to tell Simone that she truly is the gold because she let my baby girl bring me a gold medal.”

Lee, who is the youngest Olympian on the United States team, helped the US capture the silver medal in the team all-around on Tuesday. She said after that event that she and her teammates “did it for Simone.”

Biles said she needed to deal with some things “internally” after withdrawing from the team all-around on Tuesday. She left open the possibility that she would compete in the individual all-around, but she ultimately decided to sit out. She opened up about the mental struggles she was having earlier in the week.

Lee’s win in the individual all-around kept an impressive streak alive for the US women’s gymnastics team. They have now won the event in five straight Olympics, dating back to 2004.

Suni Lee keeps impressive US gymnastics streak alive amid Simone Biles drama

Suni Lee

Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s gymnastics all-around final in Tokyo to focus on her mental health, but the United States was still able to take home the gold medal.

Suni Lee won the gold in the all-around on Thursday night with a score of 57.433. She beat Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade’s, who took home the silver medal with a score of 57.298.

Biles, who won the women’s individual all-around at the Rio Olympics in 2016, was heavily favored to repeat as champion. Lee became the fifth consecutive American woman to win the gold medal, joining Biles, Gabby Douglas, Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson. Lee’s family and friends celebrated the feat back in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lee, who is known for her incredibly difficult uneven bars routine, helped the US win the silver medal in the team all-around earlier this week. The 18-year-old is quickly becoming a household name.

Biles said she needed to deal with some things “internally” after withdrawing from the team all-around on Tuesday. She left open the possibility that she would compete in the individual all-around, but she ultimately decided to sit out. She opened up about the mental struggles she was having earlier in the week.