Simone Biles made her return to the Olympic spotlight on August 2 to participate in the individual balance beam finals, earning a bronze medal, the same she took home for that event at the Rio games in 2016. And no one was prouder of the athlete than her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens.
Owens, who wore a Simone Biles T-shirt to cheer her on during her qualifying Olympic trials in St. Louis, took to Instagram on August 3 to congratulate his girl on her performance. In a series of three Stories posts, he wrote, “Words can’t express how proud of you I am right now.” He then shared a graphic touting Biles’s many accomplishments, plus a sweet picture of her return to the mat.
Biles withdrew from most of her planned Olympic events after experiencing “the twisties,” a dangerous condition that makes it hard for a gymnast to orient their body in the air, and therefore land safely.
When Biles first withdrew, Owens vocally supported her online, posting a carousel of pictures featuring her and the two of them being cute, and writing, “Imma ride with you through whatever baby ❤️ Your strength and courage is unmatched and you inspire me more and more everyday SB 🤞”
While other (incorrect) onlookers doubted Biles’s stamina, Owens was steadfast, continuing, “You always gone be my champ baby and don’t you ever forget that, i love you so much and i can’t wait till you come home and i get to see that beautiful smile again. You know I’m always here for you baby ❤️❤️-JO.”
Biles celebrated Owens, too, posting for his birthday in July even though they had to be apart because of COVID travel restrictions. “here in Japan it is already my favorite persons birthday 🖤 HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY BABE. @jowens_3 I love you so much. Can’t wait to celebrate you when I get home! thanks for keeping me sane during the craziest times. an ear to vent too, someone to share fun times with and make the best of memories 🖤 not sure how I got so lucky & what I’d do without you! But I hope you have the best day ever. Not too much fun without me tho hahaha 🥺🤞🏾🤍 forever yours, S,” she wrote.
These two are the definition of mutually supportive!