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#516787 - 08/12/16 11:00 AM Free Trip to Belize for Final Five
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The work isn't over for Simone Biles. She won team gold with her "Final Five" teammates two days ago, and claimed all-around gold tonight, but she still has three event finals--beam, vault and floor--to prepare for.

But that isn't stopping her from looking forward to a post-Rio vacation. And she's hoping to bring her team with her.

A few hours after her commanding win in the all-around final, the tourism board of Belize extended Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas a tempting offer.

Congrats @simone_biles! Belize is so proud of you. We’d love to host you and the entire #FinalFive on a vacation once you're ready to relax.

Biles is a dual citizen of Belize, a tiny country in South America, through her mother, Nellie Biles. Nellie's mother was the owner of a popular grocery store in Belize City while her father was a senator.

Biles has often traveled to her mother's home, including for her brother's wedding last summer.

She also considers herself a decent fisherwoman. When she's in Belize with her family, she says, "we fish for snapper, grouper, and, yeah, some other ones, but I can’t think. Triggerfish sometimes get our lines. You put like another fish, like half a fish on it, and then you kind of trawl the boat, and then barracudas get it, and then you reel it in real quick. I don’t really like baiting my own hooks. Because it’s gross."

Hopefully her teammates will be willing to help out with Biles' bait and tackle, because within minutes of Belize's inviation on Twitter she accepted on their behalf.

The offer is for five days, all-expenses-paid, in Belize for the Final Five team.

They'll likely be treated like celebrities there. The New York Times reported that the First Lady of Belize, Kim Simplis Barrow, gathered with contestants in the Miss Belize pageant and members of Biles' extended family to watch the all-around competition.

“We are taking all the gold medals she is going to win,” Barrow said.

“We’re trying to put Belize on the map as much as we can,” Nellie told the Times. “Simone is competing for the U.S., and we’re not taking any credit away from that. But the fact that she has dual citizenship, I don’t see why we cannot celebrate her second country also.”

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#516951 - 08/19/16 10:47 AM Re: Free Trip to Belize for Final Five [Re: Marty]
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Resorts Excited To Host Gold Medalist Simone Biles And Team

And just a while ago in the news you saw live coverage of Usain Bolt winning his second gold medal in the Rio Olympics. Simone Biles went home with four and now hotel and resort owners can't wait for her and her team to come to Belize. The BTB says it has been overcome by generous offers from tourism industry stakeholders who have offered to host the team while on vacation.

The BTB says that when the games are done, it will begin coordinating their visit. They're asking for ideas on how we Belize can best host Simone and her team.

If you would like to submit your proposal for hosting the Final Five, contact the BTB's Jana Puga at jpuga@travelbelize.org, or 227-2420.

Simone's adoptive grandmother is a Belizean and she calls Belize her second home.

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#516984 - 08/20/16 10:17 AM Re: Free Trip to Belize for Final Five [Re: Marty]
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Simone Biles Reveals How the ‘Final Five’ Is Going to Celebrate Together
They’ve put in the hard work. Now it’s time for Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and the rest of the Final Five superstar Olympic gymnasts to reap the rewards of their gold-medal success. First priority? They’re going to fit in some hard-earned time off. Biles told ABC News that they’ll go on “a couple” vacations. And there’s one place that’s already on their list.

“We all want to go to Belize together and then after that, we’ll probably do family vacations,” she said. Belize isn’t a random choice; Biles is actually a dual citizen of the U.S. and the small Central American country, and has visited many times before. But the Belize Tourism Board went above and beyond during this Olympics, offering to host the whole group after the Games.


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