How Simone Biles Pushed Best Friend Jordan Chiles to Go For the Gold

But Chiles, who spent an entire career frantically obsessing over the scoreboard, has already mapped out her game plan for the 2020 games, kicking off July 23. 

“I need to be able to go out there and just be Jordan and not try to be somebody that—I don’t know, like the next Gabby [Douglas], the next Simone,” she explained to USA Today earlier this year. “I want to be the next Jordan. I’m myself.”

It’s a strategy she might have lifted from her partner in uneven parallel bars. Asked what she tells those coming up in her sport, Biles told E! News, “My advice is to be your own person. Don’t let anybody tell you different. If you have goals, dreams—whatever it is, go for it, don’t let anybody hold you back. Because it’s going to seem scary and it should, but in the end it will pay off, even if you’re walking on that road alone. Just do it, go for it and believe in yourself.”

Though, if you’re really lucky, your best friend will be at your side cheering you on the whole way.