Simone Biles has won more World Championship and Olympic medals than any other American gymnast in history.
She won four golds at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She wrote a book about her life, which was recently turned into a movie.
But one thing Biles does not have is a college education.
That will soon change.
Biles had planned to go to the University of California Los Angeles after competing at the 2016 Olympics. But her very busy life made studying full-time at a university nearly impossible.
Instead, she has started taking classes at the University of the People, a nonprofit, online university. She is working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Biles, who is 20 years old, has also become the university's global ambassador.
Shai Reshef, an Israeli-born businessman, set up the University of the People in 2009. The school offers undergraduate and graduate level degree programs. Students are not required to pay to take the university's classes. The cost is free, because of private and public donations.
More than 6,000 educators and administrators from schools such as Yale University and New York University volunteer their time and expertise.
While there are no tuition costs, students must pay $100 for each exam they take. The university estimates that getting a bachelor's degree costs about $4,060.
Biles has established a special scholarship in her name to help students with those costs. It is meant to help students who have been in foster care, like Biles herself.
The school's nontraditional methods work well for Biles, whose life so far has been anything but normal.
I haven't had a traditional school experience for a while, actually going into a classroom and sitting down...and the traditional way won't work for me and I understand that. So it's okay. Online it is!
Biles was home-schooled during her high school years to make more time for her gymnastics training.
Biles spoke with VOA and other media about her involvement at University of the People. She also spoke about the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. Biles has said she is among the more than 250 women and girls that he abused.
Nassar has admitted guilt to numerous sex crimes.
Biles says she hopes that once she returns to competition, people will talk about her abilities as a gymnast, and not her connection to Nassar's abuse.
I didn't want the headlines, once I go out and compete again, to be -- you know -- that be the title of me, rather than what I have to offer for this sport.
Biles says the same drive and hard work that shaped her gymnastics career will help her in her studies as well.
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西蒙 拜尔斯(Simone Biles)是美国获得锦标赛金牌和奥运会奖牌最多的运动员
她曾在2016年的夏季奥运会上夺得了四块金牌 。她写了一本自传，这本自传已翻拍成电影 。
拜尔斯早就打算在2016年奥运会结束后去加州大学洛杉矶分校念书 。但由于她生活十分忙碌，所以在大学读全日制几乎是不可能的 。
于是，她转而去另一所非盈利的线上大学读书，这所大学名为美国人民大学 。她将攻读企业管理的本科学位 。
2009年，一位名为赛 雷谢夫(Shai Reshef)的以色列商人创办了美国人民大学 。这所大学提供本科生和研究生的课程项目 。学生上课不必交学费 。因为有许多来自个人和公众的捐助，所以无需自费 。
虽然没有学费的成本，学生们每参加一门考试就要支付100美元 。据该校估计，获得学士学位之前大概需要花费近4060美元 。
拜尔斯以自己的名字创办了一笔特殊的奖学金，以帮助那些想要参加该校考试的学生 。这笔奖学金旨在帮助像拜尔斯这样的非全日制学生 。
我已经很久没有接受过传统的学校教育了，就是走进教室坐下来听课的那种……而且传统的教学方式也不适合我，我自己是知道的 。所以线上大学对我而言是可以的 。
拜尔斯就其在美国人民大学的经历接受了VOA等媒体的采访 。她还谈及了美国体操届性骚扰丑闻的被告、前队医拉里 纳萨尔(Larry Nassar) 。拜尔斯表示，她也是250多位受性虐的女性中的一个 。
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