Biles cannot wait to jump off a cliff after Rio

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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Performing gravity-defying stunts on a daily basis should provide enough of an adrenaline rush to last a lifetime.

For gymnast extraordinaire Simone Biles, that simply is not daring enough.

"I plan on doing things that I can’t do because of gym right now. Crazy things like going swimming with sharks or jumping off a cliff into water," American teenager Biles told Reuters in a telephone interview as she outlined her post-Rio Olympic plans.

For most people, Biles's daily ritual of performing aerial acrobatics for hours on end, as she perfects her routines on the beam, vault, floor exercise and asymmetric bars, would amount to doing "something crazy".

For an athlete who is already being tipped as the greatest ever female gymnast even before she makes her Olympic debut in August, competing in global arenas is like child's play.

Since making her debut at the 2013 world championships, the 19-year-old has become an unstoppable force. Last year she became the first woman to win a "three-peat" of all-around golds at the worlds.

"I just wish I could see it for myself the way you guys see it because for me it’s normal, it’s something I do every day," said Biles.

"Sometimes when I watch (my performances on YouTube) I think it’s unreal. How is it possible that I can chuck myself in the air and do all these tricks and land them?   Continued...

FILE PHOTO - Simone Biles of the U.S competes on the beam during the women's all-round final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Phil Noble/File photo