Simone Biles Speaks at Liberty University Convocation

Simone Biles Speaks at Liberty University Convocation

Liberty University is no stranger to inviting professional athletes to speak at Convocation, with athletes such as soccer player Kaká and basketball star Steph Curry on the list of scheduled guests. On Friday, January 27, Liberty University students had the opportunity to hear from Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.

By: Leah DePiero

Liberty University is no stranger to inviting professional athletes to speak at Convocation, with athletes such as soccer player Kaká and basketball star Steph Curry on the list of scheduled guests.

On Friday, January 27, Liberty University students had the opportunity to hear from Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.  In between laughing about her fear of getting blown over while carrying the American flag during the Olympic closing ceremonies and gushing about her celebrity crush Zac Efron, Biles talked about her experience winning four gold medals during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Biles sat with Senior Vice President of Spiritual Development David Nasser and Emily Oglesby, a Liberty student who is a family friend of Biles’s, for an interview session where Biles answered questions from Nasser, Oglesby and ones submitted by Liberty students online using the hashtag #simoneatconvo.

Liberty students and young gymnasts from local gyms learned that Biles’s favorite food is Italian, her spirit animal is a honey badger and that her favorite show to binge-watch on Netflix is “Vampire Diaries,” as well as other fun facts about the reigning Olympic gold medalist.  She also made the audience laugh by saying that her favorite book is her recently released memoir, Courage to Soar, which she wanted to advertise and was available for purchase after the Convocation.

In between discussion of gymnastics, the Olympics and Zac Efron, Biles also touched on her faith.

“My faith is very important,” she told her audience.  “I think it’s special for me, even going out into the competition I’d be praying in my head, praying for my health on each event that I would stay focused and not get too distracted because it was the Olympics.”

Despite the fact that she and her teammates came from a diverse religious background (Biles is Catholic and some of her teammates are Christian and Jewish), Biles revealed that they would get together and pray before events.

“Even though we were all different religions, we all prayed together; we found that special for us,” she recounted.

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