By Brandon Penny | May 15, 2017, 4:49 p.m. (ET)
Simone Biles and partner Sasha Farber perform on "Dancing with the Stars" on May 8, 2017.

 

As the world’s greatest gymnast – four times over – Simone Biles is used to competing in a judged sport. But in her judged sport, numeric scores flash on a screen and that’s that. So receiving an array of comments (both positive and constructive) from judges on live television has been an entirely new experience as the five-time Olympic medalist competes on season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

The same can be said for learning to express a new emotion week to week, depending on the dance and character at hand.

Despite the many hurdles that have come with her latest adventure, Biles has used her champion mindset and work ethic to excel on the show, earning a top-four score each week and is currently one of four contestants remaining.

Biles spoke to TeamUSA.org ahead of Monday night’s semifinals to address the controversial comment she made last week, her upcoming jive and her friendships with her competitors.

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You worked with judge Carrie Ann Inaba in rehearsals this week. What was that experience like?

It’s a little intimidating for her to come watch practice, but it actually went very well. She gave us some good pointers, so I can’t complain about that.

What was her choice of dance for you and why?

She chose a jive for us, and I feel like she chose it because it’s more athletic, upbeat and fast-paced.

Did you feel it suited you well?

No, I do not like the jive, but that’s OK.

What was your reaction last week when Carrie Ann gave you the feedback that she feels like she still doesn’t know you?

I feel like it’s hard that they only see us in a 1 minute, 30-second package and then see us do the dance. It’s kind of hard to get to know someone with the small time you have.

Do you have a favorite comment you’ve received from a judge?

To be honest, I don’t remember the judges’ comments that much because I just freeze up once I get there because I’m so nervous. So I hear it right on the spot, but then it just goes out the other ear right when I walk away. It’s like I wasn’t even standing there. We’re not used to verbal comments from judges (in gymnastics); we’re just used to getting number scores and leaving. So it’s a whole new concept for me. It’s really scary.

You made headlines this past week after you told host Tom Bergeron, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.” What did you mean by that?

I don’t know – the judges were just really confusing about what they wanted from me in saying smile, don’t smile, do this, don’t do that, you’re too perfect, you need to hit it better. I was just like, Hey, it doesn’t make sense to me. It’s difficult hearing I should smile and I don’t know what more to give when I’ve tried so hard.

How difficult has it been for you to play a different character each week?

I feel like it’s very difficult because it’s something I’m not used to, but I feel like as we’ve gotten further in the competition, I’ve gotten better and better. But it’s still a work in progress.

There are only four contestants left on the show. Let’s take a look at your three remaining opponents. What do you think of (NFL running back) Rashad Jennings?

Rashad is so genuine. He’s very nice the way he associates with people. Everyone is such a genuine person on the show. No one has attitude or anything. Everyone is super friendly, super nice; not what you would think. I think we all get along really well, we’re all rooting from each other. We come from different worlds, so it’s exciting to see everyone improve as we go along.

Do you still have a crush on him?

They just made it seem like that on the show. I think he’s attractive, but I don’t have a crush on him, necessarily.

How about (Fifth Harmony singer) Normani Kordei?

Normani is the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet, very down to earth. If I could have a best friend for the rest of my life, I’d want it to be Normani.

And (Chicago Cubs catcher) David Ross?

I feel like, in a way, he’s like our dad. But he’s so cool – very nice, very humble. He’s just the sweetest guy.