|Role:||Personal Coach to Simone Biles & Team USA Head Coach at Rio 2016|
Aimee Boorman is a Gymnastics Coach from Chicago, USA and is coach to one of the greatest female gymnasts to have ever lived. Aimee has coached Simone Biles since she was a child and their successful partnership over the years resulted in Simone winning 4 Golds and a Bronze Medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. If you haven’t seen Simone in action, take a look at her floor routine from Rio…
As well as this, Aimee was the Head Coach for Team USA at Rio alongside Team Coordinator Marta Karolyi. As Marta’s last Olympic Games as Coach, the Team were nicknamed ‘The Final Five’ who, thanks to the guidance of Aimee and Marta, collectively brought home 9 Olympic Medals.
Since the Games, Aimee has taken up her next coaching challenge as she has moved to coach at a new Gymnastics club in Florida. During her recent move, Aimee kindly took the time to answer some of our questions…
As the head coach, I was expected to keep the girls on track during competition, including making sure that the equipment was set correctly, and to keep their “heads in the game”. Apart from the competition floor, I tried to be a mentor and an friend for the girls to express their needs, concerns and feelings to help them perform better.
I have treated Simone the same as all of my other athletes. It’s about respect. I respect my athletes for their dedication and their sacrifices and it return their respect for me is returned ten-fold. Since Simone and I have been a duo for 11 years, we obviously have grown a deeper bond of trust and camaraderie.
There are two things that I have preached to myself & others over the past few years…. #1 “It’s just gymnastics”. We are not curing cancer and saving lives here. This is a sport and it teaches great life lessons, but we need to look past the sport and see what kind of humans we are raising.