Simone Biles, the decorated Olympic gymnastics champion was celebrating turning 23 on March 14, and USA Gymnastic’s official Twitter account sent out a message saying, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles! We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!”
Biles saw the message and her reply quickly went viral. She retweeted their message, which included a video clip of one Biles’ floor routines and said, “how about you amaze me and do the right thing… have an independent investigation.”
It was a fierce clap back from the athlete who brought America home five medals during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, four of which were gold. In 2020, Biles continued to be absolutely dominant in competition and has racked up a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship titles. She is the most decorated gymnast in American history.
However, it’s the things happening outside the gym which is bothering Biles, and she hasn’t been shy in voicing her opinion regarding the USA Gymnastics organization. While Biles has her heart set on making the USA Gymnastics Team going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, she continues to bravely speak out as one of convicted child molester Dr. Larry Nassar‘s victims and is highly critical of how the scandal is being handled.
In an interview with Today, Biles said of USA Gymnastics, “It’s a tough subject to talk about, so it’s easier to tweet about it and let people know that I do care. But I think they just need to do what they say in some of their tweets that they release and to do an independent investigation.”
In response, USAG and the United States Olympic Committee told NBC, “They are committed to the safety of all athletes. and will work with Nassar’s victims to receive justice.” Nassar, former Michigan State University and Team USA’s doctor, is currently serving a prison sentence of 60 years for child pornography and up to 175 years for molesting 7 girls during his tenure.
During Nassar’s trial, he was accused of molesting over 265 girls. Taking the stand to testify, over 150 of his alleged victims confronted the disgraced doctor.
Biles’ former teammate Aly Raisman also spoke out against the reported USAG and USOC’s proposed financial settlement on Today, because it would release officials and gymnastics leaders from liability.
Raisman said, “They refuse to take any accountability of the issue to figure out what went wrong. It’s honestly offensive. It shows they don’t care. They’re just trying to push it under the rug and hope people forget about it when they watch the Olympics this summer.”
Biles Continues To Make History In Gymnastics With Two Insane New Moves
Leading up to the Summer Games, Biles is ready to debut two signature skills which are named after herself. In August, during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, she made history as the first gymnast to land a double-double beam dismount during competition.
One day later, Biles shocked fan by making history again. On August 19, Biles became the first woman to execute and land triple-double during her floor exercise.