Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles a champion for foster kids

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Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time and she plans to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Source: Simone Biles via Facebook) Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time and she plans to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Source: Simone Biles via Facebook)
Biles spoke at Florence Crittenton's annual Team Up For Girls luncheon last week. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Biles spoke at Florence Crittenton's annual Team Up For Girls luncheon last week. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Biles hope other girls relate to her book. 'I go through the same problems they go through.' (Source: Amazon.com) Biles hope other girls relate to her book. 'I go through the same problems they go through.' (Source: Amazon.com)
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A tiny 4 feet 8 inches tall, Olympic gold-medalist Simone Biles is making a huge impact.

She’s one of the top athletes in the world and she was in town last week to speak at Florence Crittenton’s annual Teaming Up for Girls luncheon.

Although she just turned 20, Biles has done more in her life than many people, including winning several gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio. Not only was she part of the gold-medal winning team, she also is the individual all-around champion and tops in vault and floor. She also took home a bronze for balance beam.

Her impressive resume also includes author. “Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance,” came out in November, just a few months after the Rio Olympics.

Biles hopes her book is something to which other girls will relate.

“I go through the same problems they go through,” she explained. “I still have boy problems, just like them.”

[ONLINE: SimoneBiles.com]

Her current project is the reality show “Dancing With the Stars.”

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” she said. “It is very crazy.”

Biles also is a highly visible champion for children in foster care. It’s an issue that is dear to her.

“I was a foster kid once so I know what it’s like,” she said. “I came out of the foster care system, so for me to talk to them, I think it gives them a lot of hope and it really opens and inspires them a lot to go after their dreams.”

Biles was adopted by her grandparents.

She started gymnastics when she was just 6. With 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is now the most decorated American gymnast of all time – man or woman. It’s a record Shannon Miller of the “Magnificent Seven” had held since 1996.

“It does seem like a fairy tale,” Biles admitted.

But her story if far from over.

“I personally don't think I'm done,” she said. “I will come back. My goal is the 2020 Olympics [in Tokyo].”

Although she is taking a year off from the gym, dancing is keeping her on her toes.

“It’s very different,” she said. “I’m learning a lot about myself.”

So are her sponsors and her fans.

Through everything, she remains dedicated to reaching out to and inspiring children who started out just like she did. That’s why she wrote “Courage to Soar.”

“It helps me get my story out, and it helps them realize you can really be anything you put your mind to,” she explained. “I hope kids that are watching just really go after their dreams.”

Biles says she plans to go to college and earn her degree. She eventually wants to work with kids in a sports management capacity.

She said that perhaps one day down the road, she will a adopt child.

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