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See Simone Biles at the Free Library Tonight

America's newest gymnastics star is talking about her new book, 'Courage to Soar.'

She wowed the world at the Summer Olympics in Rio last summer, taking home four Olympics gold medals in gymnastics — including in the individual all-around, and as part of the “Final Five” that won the team competition.


Now, Simone Biles has added another title to her resume: published author. Just six months after the games, the 19-year-old Biles has written a new memoir called Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance, and is appearing Friday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


The free event, starting at 7:30 p.m., will feature Biles in an on-stage conversation with writer Tracey Matisak, after which she will sign copies of the book. The book was written by Biles along with Michelle Burford. American gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton wrote the forward.


The gymnast tells the story of her childhood in Texas, where she was raised primarily by her grandparents, as well as her gymnastics training, which she began at age 8. She also tells stories about her career, leading up to her triumphs at the Olympics in Brazil.


The event is free, although you have to buy the book there if you’d like it signed, and Biles won’t sign anything else, such as photos or memorabilia. Biles also won’t pose for photos, but selfies are permitted when your book is signed.


The event is at the Parkway Central Library, at 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia.



Photograph by Todd Spoth, courtesy of Zondervan. 



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