Written by Seacrest Studio Interns: Sydney Sobkowiak and Sherwin-Nestor Esguerra
Patients and families at Seacrest Studios across the country flipped out after getting to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles. Biles, one of the most decorated gymnasts in the world, called into Seacrest Studios at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. after recently concluding the Gold Over America gymnastics tour with her team.
Patients from 10 Seacrest Studios in different cities across the U.S. including Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Nashville, Colorado, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Orlando, came prepared with questions! Some of the patient-led questions included asking Simone what she likes to do when she feels down, her advice for upcoming gymnasts and tips on how to deal with mental health. To start things off, Simone showed us her famous splits with DJ Laila from Children’s National. Patients even got a surprise visit from her adorable dogs, Lilo and Rambo!
Next, Simone chatted with our friends from Philadelphia and told them that her favorite place that she visited in gymnastics was Italy. How fitting that Simone also shared that her all-time favorite food is pizza?!
In Orlando, DJ Natalia asked Simone her go-to hype song for competitions or a big event. Simone shared that her favorite artist right now is Doja Cat! The two bonded over being big fans of the “Say So” star.
Simone Biles is an inspiration not only to gymnasts but to people everywhere. As a strong advocate for mental health, Simone helped us understand the importance of self-love and that our patients are never too young or old to achieve something new or follow their dreams. On days that may be hard, Simone encourages patients “to find something that you love outside of what you are good at.” For Simone, that includes taking walks, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dogs!
Simone scored a perfect 10 when she stuck a perfect landing with us, making patients' days brighter across the country.