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Simone Biles becomes youngest living person to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Independent

2022

Simone Biles becomes youngest living person to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom. ‘Today, she adds to her medal count of 32 – I don’t know if you’re going to find room,’ President Biden said as he honoured the Olympian. In 2000, Biles' maternal grandfather, Ron Biles and his second wife, Nellie Cayetano Biles, began temporarily caring for Shanon's children in the north Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, after learning that his grandchildren had been in foster care. In 2003, the couple officially adopted the two youngest, Simone and Adria. Ron's sister, Shanon's aunt Harriet, adopted the two oldest children. With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and the world's third most decorated gymnast, she has spoken out about mental health and abuse in sports.