Simone Biles is home after competing in the Tokyo Olympics! On Aug. 5, the 24-year-old gymnast shared photos of her touching Houston reunion with her mom Nellie and dad Ron on Instagram. “Houston, I’m home,” she captioned the post, thanking United Airlines for making it possible. “Thanks for making sure I didn’t have to wait one more minute to see my family.” Her parents weren’t the only ones waiting, as Simone’s return was met with a large crowd of friends, family, and fans alike. Even her dog Rambo got in on the action, patiently waiting for Simone’s arrival.
After a tough goodbye with her parents, who weren’t able to be in Tokyo due to COVID-19 restrictions, Simone battled the “twisties” at the Olympics before ultimately taking home a silver and bronze medal. “It was super emotional. It was hard for her family not to be there in Tokyo, so now that we can hug her and physically touch her, it’s really nice,” Simone’s sister Adria told KPRC-TV. “Proud is an understatement. She is so amazing and I don’t think people put their mental health in front like a priority. I’m so glad she can inspire people and tell them that it’s OK.”