Olympic gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” semifinalist Simone Biles says honing her dances on the show is similar to her gymnastics training.

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“It’s almost the same,” she told the Houston Chronicle. “I trained six and seven hours a day for gymnastics, and here I’m training six hours a day for this dance thing. It’s still a lot of work. But I’m used to the long hours and the days.”

Tonight, the Houston native will dance for a chance to appear in the show’s finale, just one week after she made a controversial comment made to host Tom Bergeron.

“Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals,” she said, referring to her frustrating performance that elicited mixed reviews from the judges.

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This week, she’ll compete against three other couples (Normani Kordei/Val Chmerkovskiy, Rashad Jennings/Emma Slater and David Ross/Lindsay Arnold), and each duo will perform a full piece in a dance style they have not yet showcased in the ballroom. Additionally, they will have a Judges’ Challenge dance, in which a judge has assigned them a specific task they must execute.

Biles is not the only Houston-area resident representing H-Town: Kordei of Fifth Harmony recently moved to Pearland.

“DWTS” semifinalist Simone Biles is happy to “keep Houston on the map” Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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