Ok, so Simone Biles was training 32 hours a week over 6 days as an Olympic gymnast, but everyone has their reasons, right. Biles took a year off from Olympic gymnastics training last year and got to spend some more time on the social side of life:
Now the 20-year-old is trying to integrate new layers into her life beyond gymnastics. If you follow her on social media you’ve seen these photos — Simone’s first boyfriend, a fellow gymnast, Stacey Ervin.
“Is it nice to be able to have that part of your life now?”
“I think so,” she said. “We would have never been able to date because we are so busy in the gym. So like for my year off I went on my first date, and stuff and I was just like this is what it’s like? I mean it’s cool. I was really nervous but I feel like people learn that at a younger age so I’m a little older. So I’m like, oh what do I do? But it is good.”
(via ABC, “Simone Biles on training, dating and her future“)
Balance is good.
For Biles, for now gymnastics comes first, then dating, during Olympic training:
“He’s an elite athlete and he’s traveled and stuff, so he understands it,” Biles tells PEOPLE at the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis Sports Legends Dinner in New York City Monday evening. “We already know in each other’s lives we don’t come first, and that’s okay with the both of us. So we do what we need to do, and then when we come together it’s fine.”
(via People, “Simone Biles Gets Real About Dating a Fellow Elite Athlete: We Know ‘We Don’t Come First, and That’s Okay‘”)
Biles met Ervin three years before they started dating, during the P&G Gymnastics Championships (then called the Visa Championships). She once told Ervin “he was cute” over Snapchat, but they just stayed friends for years. Then last spring, Nellie Biles (Simone’s adopted mother and biological grandmother) hired Ervin to be a coach at their family gym while Biles was performing on Dancing with the Stars with Sasha Farber. When Biles returned home they spent more time together and so began their romantic relationships.
So there is getting out of the friend zone. It’s actually very nice to be in the friend zone first, don’t you think?
How old were you on your first date? Or tbd…