Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is set to part ways with longtime coach Aimee Boorman as the latter moves bases to pursue new opportunities.
Under Boorman’s guidance, Biles went on to win an impressive number of four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro. The coach and her family are now moving to Florida after ending her stint as Biles’ coach since the 19-year-old began gymnastics 11 years ago.
“We were both sad, but [Simone] understands that life moves on and she knows that if she plans to continue in gymnastics ... I will always be willing to coach her,” Boorman told People magazine. “I will be there as a mentor.”
Boorman coached the young gymnast at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, owned by Biles’ parents.
In a statement to the magazine, Adam Biles, the gymnast’s brother and manager, confirmed that the coach is no longer an employee at the gym, saying: “Aimee no longer works with us at this time. Her family has moved to Florida so that her husband could pursue a job opportunity that he was offered.”
Boorman will be joining Evo Athletics in Sarasota, Florida, on Tuesday as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator.
“Coaching gymnastics is my passion and my life. Having just returned from Rio following an incredibly successful Olympics, I am excited to turn my focus to EVO Athletics and continue to live my passion,” Boorman told People magazine.
The coach maintained that her relationship with Biles will not be affected by the move. People magazine quoted her saying: “We’re texting each other every couple of days.”
“We are both happy for each other,” she said. “We are both close and we always will be.”
Biles has been celebrating her Olympic success with some time off. She and her teammates — Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — were presenters at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, receiving a standing ovation from the cheering crowd. The squad is also set to embark on a 36-city tour on Sept. 15.