World's greatest gymnast Simone Biles — who made history again this weekend as the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault in competition — will bring her jaw-dropping gymnastics to North Texas not once but twice in 2021 — and they could be the last chances local fans get to see her perform.
"All indications are that she'll hang up her leotard after what promises to be a historic run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021," says OlympicChannel.com.
Biles, the 2016 Olympic All-Around Champion and one of the most decorated gymnast of all time, will stop in Fort Worth just before and after the Tokyo Games (July 23-August 8).
First, she'll compete at the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will take place June 3-6 at Dickies Arena. The event, rescheduled from June 2020 due to the pandemic, "will decide the 2021 men’s and women’s national all-around and individual event champions and serve as an important stop on the Road to Tokyo, as performances will help determine who will compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics June 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo.," says a release.
At the 2019 U.S. Championships — the last time the event was held — Biles won her sixth U.S. all-around title. She will be going for her seventh in Fort Worth (as will two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak in the men's competition).
Ticket packages ($89-$609) are now on sale and include junior, senior, women's, and men's competitions. Previously purchased tickets will be honored. Find out more about the schedule, tickets, and COVID-19 protocols on the Dickies Arena website. Be warned: they're going fast.
Biles will then come back to Fort Worth in the fall on a 35-city tour called "Gold Over America." She will headline the event — surely with more Olympic gold medals in hand — and will be joined by gymnasts Laurie Hernandez, Katelyn Ohashi, Peng Peng Lee, Danusia Francis, and Morgan Hurd.
The 110-minute show promises to be "a high-octane, fun-filled experience that will not only showcase athletic brilliance but also showcase each athlete's own inspiring championship journeys and bring the audience closer to the action than ever before."
“I love the sport of gymnastics and want to help create a show that celebrates the pure joy of performing,” Biles says on the show's website. “I believe there is gold inside of us all and it’s time to let that gold shine.”
The tour will come to Dickies Arena on October 9 at 7:30 pm, between Texas stops in San Antonio (October 6), Houston (October 8), and Austin (October 10). Fort Worth is the only DFW date on the tour, as there are no shows planned for Dallas or any points in between.
Gym Clubs have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. They'll go on sale to the general public Friday, June 11, according to the tour's website. Sign up for pre-sale alerts here.
In her spare time outside the gym, Biles — a Houston-area resident — has been championing causes close to her heart, such as advocating for children and young adults involved with the foster care system and adoption. She recently spoke on that topic, in fact, at Junior League of Dallas' virtual Milestones Luncheon.