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Simone Biles’ former coach’s gym new home for U.S. women’s gymnastics

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The U.S. women’s national team’s new, temporary training facility is Evo Athletics in Florida, where Simone Biles‘ former coach, Aimee Boorman, is the executive director of women’s gymnastics.

“USA Gymnastics has identified Evo Athletics in Sarasota, Fla., as an interim training location for the U.S. women’s national team for the rest of the year,” USA Gymnastics said Sunday. “The housing arrangements will be provided to individuals attending camps. We appreciate Evo’s willingness to work with us in staging productive, safe and encouraging training camps for our national team members and coaches to pursue their gymnastics goals and dreams. USA Gymnastics and the leadership of the women’s program will re-evaluate after camps have been held there and determine a path for 2019.”

USA Gymnastics has been looking for a new training home since it closed the Karolyi Ranch in January. Athletes said Larry Nassar sexually abused gymnasts at the ranch.

USA Gymnastics since held women’s team camps at Louisiana State University, Tennessee and at Biles’ gym in Texas, but none were designated as more than one-time training sites.

Boorman coached Biles from age 7 through the Rio Olympics, where the gymnast earned four gold medals and one bronze. Boorman took the job at Evo in Sarasota shortly after the Games.

Biles chose to stay at her parents’ owned gym in Texas. Her new coaches are Cecile and Laurent Landi, who were already in Texas and previously coached Rio Olympian Madison Kocian.

Biles is the only Rio Olympian signed up for the U.S. Championships in Boston this week, when she can become the second woman to win five national all-around titles.

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Simone Biles will not follow Aimee Boorman to Florida, report says

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When Simone Biles returns to training, it won’t be with her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Boorman decided before the Rio Olympics that she planned to leave the Biles’ Texas gym to work at a Florida gym and told her pupil after competition ended in Brazil, according to the report.

Boorman went public with the news two weeks later.

“It still makes me sad to know that she won’t coach me anymore,” Biles said last week, according to the newspaper. “But I’m excited for her journey to see where it takes her and coaching other elite kids. She needs to do what makes her happy.

“I think I could coach myself, but it helps to have guidance and for someone to crack the whip and tell you when to condition and how many sets you need to do. I’m sure somebody will put up with it.”

Boorman, who coached Biles from ages 7 to 19, accepted a position as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator at EVO Athletics in Sarasota.

Biles does not plan on competing in 2017 but expects to return at some point to make a run for the 2020 Olympics.

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Simone Biles discusses her future

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Simone Biles does not know where she will be next October, when the 2017 World Championships will be held. Understandable, considering it is hard enough for her to keep track of where she will be tomorrow.

She has been living out of a suitcase, a very organized suitcase with pants on one side and tops on the other, since winning four Olympic gold medals in Rio. Her whirlwind travel schedule is full of media appearances, sponsor visits and a USA Gymnastics tour of shows. More than once she has woken up in a hotel, unsure which city she was in.

“Everything has happened so fast,” she said in a phone interview from the Team USA Awards red carpet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “But it’s definitely amazing.”

Biles, 19, reiterated that she plans on taking a break from competition for about a year.

“There’s no way I could train 100% and still do everything that I am doing now,” she said.

Biles is not ready to set a date for her return to competitive gymnastics. She is not planning on entering the 2017 P&G Championships, which will be held Aug. 17-20, almost exactly a year after the 2016 Olympics.

“Oh goodness, I think that still falls under a year,” she said. “We will see. I could always change my mind.”

The 2017 World Championships will be held next October in Montreal. None of the previous four U.S. Olympic women’s all-around champions competed at Worlds the year after their Olympic triumphs, but Biles has not ruled it out.

She was asked if she had thought about competing in Montreal.

“I have and I haven’t,” said Biles, the three-time defending world all-around champion. “I try not to think too far ahead.”

It remains to be seen who will coach her once she returns to training. Aimee Boorman, who coached Biles since she was 7, is moving from Texas for a new gymnastics job in Florida.

Biles “loves Florida” and “thinks the whole state is beautiful” based on her two visits to the Sunshine State. But she is not sure if she will follow her coach to Florida.

“Florida is quite a ways away, but anything can happen,” she said. “We will have to see whenever I decide to start up again.”

Biles was speaking on behalf of DICK’s Sporting Goods, who pledged a $1,000 donation for every Olympic and Paralympic Games medal won by a U.S. athlete in Rio. By winning five Olympics medals, Biles was directly responsible for a $5,000 contribution.

There are six Olympic medals available for female artistic gymnastics. Biles did not compete in the uneven bars final in Rio, but that could change at the Tokyo Games.

“My bar just needs to be a little bit stronger,” she said. “We’ll have to see once I go back to training to up my difficulty if it’s possible for me to get a sixth.”

Until then, Biles is enjoying her celebrity status. Since Rio, she has met Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Usher, and even filmed a music video with Jake Miller.

“I have no idea when this whole process slows down,” Biles said. “That would be a question for the world, not me.”

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