Simone Biles welcomed home with parade in Spring

Fanfare welcomed Biles in Houston on Wednesday

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter, Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - Gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles returned to Texas on Wednesday, and received a huge welcome after she touched down at Bush Intercontinental Airport. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other community leaders, along with the Texans Cheerleaders, family, friends and fans all gathered to show Biles a warm welcome.

"I can’t thank everyone in Houston (enough) for coming out to see me today and to welcome me from Rio, and I don’t know what else to say. I’m nervous!" Biles said. "I love you guys."

VIDEO: Simone Biles speaks to fans after arriving in Houston

When asked what's next for her, she said, "Next, the 'Final Five' will be going on the Kellogg’s tour of champions. It’s 36 cities across the Unites States."

The gymnasts will make a stop in Houston on Sept. 30.

Biles' hometown of Spring also welcomed her home with a parade.

With a police escort, Biles waved to fans that lined a street in her hometown. The fans cheered and held up signs showing their support for the Olympian.

"We just want to give her a hometown welcome and make sure she knows we're so proud of her and everything she does to represent our community in such a positive aspect," parade organizer Kaeleigh Jordan said earlier.



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