The 24-year-old flaunted her pert derriere in a skimpy two-piece swimsuit the latest snap from her getaway in Belize, before returning home just in time to celebrate being named as one of People Magazine’s 2021 People of the Year.
In the photo Biles can be seen standing with her feet in the ocean and her back to the camera while sporting a high-cut floral bikini that accentuated her athletic physique.
The bikini photo was the last of many to be posted by the gymnast during her trip, which she enjoyed with her parents – Ron and Nellie – and several other family members.
Other posts shared from her exotic getaway show the sports star modeling a variety of colorful bikinis, with one funky stop motion video capturing her parading down the beach in a bright orange swimsuit and silk headscarf while twirling around to show off her ensemble to full effect.
Strike a pose: Simone Biles marked the end of a recent tropical vacation in Belize by sharing a cheeky bikini snap from the picture-perfect beach where she spent Thanksgiving
Beach babe: The 24-year-old gymnast shared several swimsuit snaps from her getaway, which she enjoyed with her parents, Ron and Nellie, and a few other family members
In another photo, Biles can be seen sitting perched on the balcony of a beachfront property while sporting a pink bikini and a black Prada bucket hat.
While the athlete clearly relished her time on the beach, she had plenty to celebrate upon her return home – with People naming her as one of its three People of the Year for 2021, while praising the work she has done to raise awareness about mental health.
Biles features on one of three celebrity covers of the People of the Year issue, with Dolly Parton and Sandra Oh landing the other two.
In her shoot for the publication, the gymnast eschewed leotards and workout wear for a chic one-shoulder orange dress, complete with a large bow and flowing skirt.
As well as posing for her fashion-forward shoot, Biles also spoke to the publication about her tumultuous run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she made the shock decision to withdraw from five event finals amid struggles with her mental health.
Although she admitted that she still feels ‘sad’ that her Tokyo journey did not go the way she had wanted, Biles insisted that she has ‘no regrets’ about her time at the Olympics – describing it as ‘one of the first time in her career where she felt courageous’.
‘That’s probably one of the first times in my career where I felt courageous and I felt like I had got to speak up for myself,’ she told the magazine.
‘[I] definitely can walk away from Tokyo, feeling courage, feeling at ease. And I did everything I could.’
Biles made headlines around the world when she pulled out of the team final after competing on just one event – the vault – on which she only narrowly avoided a crash landing.
On the move: Biles has enjoyed several vacations since returning from Tokyo and has made sure to share plenty of beachfront content throughout all of her trips
Beachy keen: The gymnast sported a number of different bikinis during her trip, which comes just over three months after she returned from Tokyo
Milestone moment: Upon her return from vacation, Biles was named as one of People Magazine’s 2021 People of the Year
At the time, the gymnast said she withdrew in order to protect her mental health – and she later revealed that she had been struggling with a condition called the ‘twisties’, which essentially makes gymnasts lose their spatial awareness and get ‘lost in the air’.
She continued to struggle with the twisties for much of her time in Tokyo, and subsequently pulled herself out of contention for the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise finals – the majority of which she had been expected to win.
Biles eventually returned to competition for the balance beam final, in which she claimed a silver medal.
The gymnast admitted that she continues to have mixed feelings about her time at the Games, explaining that while she still feels ‘sad’ about not being able to compete to the best of her abilities, she is proud about her decision to speak out about mental health.
‘Whenever I got home, I was really sad about it,’ she said.
‘But then on the flipside, I was like, “You know how many people I helped by speaking out and teaching them that they need to speak up for themselves?”
‘And just kind of going through that road together, and putting mental health at the forefront. So I knew that it was right.
‘And obviously, I’m still going to be sad because it didn’t go the way I wanted. But with the cards that I was dealt, it went better than expected.’
Since returning from Tokyo earlier this year, Biles has been incredibly outspoken about her mental health struggles – which she believes were caused, at least in part, by the trauma she suffered after being sexually abused by pedophile doctor Larry Nassar.
Struggles: In an interview with the publication, the gymnast opened up about her mental health battle in Tokyo, which forced her to withdraw from five event finals
Biles, who testified in front of the Senate about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar (seen), says the trauma from the assault likely sparked her mental health struggles
Speaking to US Weekly in November, Biles admitted that she is strongly considering quitting gymnastics altogether because of her ongoing ‘suffering’ over the Nassar abuse – and USA Gymnastics’ handling of the case.
The two-time Olympian said that ‘suffered and continues to suffer’ because USAG didn’t do ‘what was necessary to protect her’, and as a result she is ready to ‘step away’ from the sport once and for all – thereby forgoing her change to reclaim all-around victory at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
‘Everything that I’ve been through with the organization of USAG just makes for a sticky situation,’ she told the outlet.
‘It just sucks. And it’s, like, I love the sport so much, but I feel like it’s just a hit to the gut every time something comes out or new information has been revealed.
‘We suffered and continue to suffer, because no one at FBI, USAG, or the USOPC did what was necessary to protect us.’
Back in 2015, it was revealed that Larry, who had worked as the USAG doctor for 18 years, had sexually assaulted at least 150 women, including Simone, and fellow Team USA Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Jordyn Wieber.
He was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in 2018.
However the scandal surrounding the abuse case – and its handling by USAG and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee – has continued to spark controversy and outrage, with dozens of gymnasts blasting the organizations over the Nassar case.
In September of this year, Simone spoke out against USAG and the FBI for failing to promptly investigate allegations against Nassar during a powerful speech to the Senate, in which she opened up about the lasting trauma she has suffered as a result of the abuse she endured.
Now, although Simone said she still ‘loves the sport’ and the ‘girls that she trained with,’ she has confessed that she doesn’t know if she can move forward with the organization.
Simone Biles flaunts toned derriere in a cheeky bikini snap from her tropical vacation