Olympics glory is particularly strange for stars in the field of women’s gymnastics, where the best performers are often teenagers who are thrust into the bubbling cauldron of overnight fame at an impossibly young age.
Gabby Douglas learned this the hard way in Rio de Janeiro. Now Simone Biles, the American star who supplanted Douglas this summer, has a message for her own critics.
Fresh off winning four gold medals and a bronze in the 2016 Olympics, Biles was named “female athlete of the year” this week by the Associated Press. But that apparently hasn’t stopped some from denigrating, of all things, her appearance. Read more…