Simone Biles To Headline Nationwide Gymnastics Tour In Fall '20
Simone Biles is headlining a tour in the fall of '20 that will be a "mixture of sports and entertainment intended to inspire the next generation of female athletes," according to Will Graves of the AP. The "Gold Over America" tour will visit "more than 35 cities," including N.Y., L.A., Chicago and Biles' hometown of Houston. The women-only roster includes Biles' longtime friend, former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, who helped the Bruins win the national title in '18 with her Michael Jackson-themed floor routine that became a "viral sensation." The tour also allows Biles to work with former UCLA coach Val Kondos Field, who will serve as the tour's Exec Producer & Supervising Choreographer. How many other athletes will join Biles and Ohashi "remains uncertain." Biles said that the goal is to "bring the sport closer to the audience and also to loosen things up a bit." Events will "utilize giant video screens, pyrotechnics and an in-house DJ." Biles: "We want this to be completely different. There will be dancing. Hopefully trampoline. Something people have never seen before." USA Gymnastics "typically coordinates a post-Olympic tour of its own," but there are "no plans for one" in '20. Biles said that she "hasn't spoken to anyone" at USAG directly about her tour. Biles: "I know they're aware about it and they've been pretty supportive" (AP, 12/4).