How does Simone Biles have such incredible balance? A neuroscientist weighs in.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the Sr. Women’s 2016 Secret U.S. Classic at the XL Center on June 4. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)As the Summer Olympics begin, all eyes will be on Simone Biles. The 19-year-old gymnast is one of the most decorated in history. But while Biles has clearly benefited from years of intense training, she’s also a natural talent who copied seasoned gymnasts with ease as a small child. For those of us who seem to trip whenever the wind picks up, flipping up and down a balance beam can seem like a truly impossible task. What goes on in the brain and the body when athletes like Biles perform these astounding feats — and why are they so much better at it than the rest of us? [Video:…


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