Leg­ends can wear leo­tards

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The courage shown by th­ese women is in stark con­trast to USA Gym­nas­tics, which in­ten­tion­ally som­er­saulted away from the mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions made against Nas­sar and oth­ers in the sport.

Biles was not in court with sur­vivors, but has placed the blame for Nas­sar’s unchecked abuse at the feet of USA Gym­nas­tics, and has kept the pressure on dur­ing the fall­out. She has held her sport to ac­count and this week the United States Olympic Com­mit­tee agreed, an­nounc­ing it would seek to strip USA Gym­nas­tics of its sta­tus as a na­tional gov­ern­ing body.

Biles is now level with Rus­sia’s Svet­lana Khork­ina as the most dec­o­rated fe­male gym­nast in world cham­pi­onship his­tory. Biles de­fies the laws of physics, a bone-headed rul­ing body and thou­sands of trolls at the so­cial me­dia gate.

Like Ali, she stays off the ropes and fear­lessly keeps on swing­ing. But you’re right, they shouldn’t be com­pared. They should stand side by side as true cham­pi­ons in every sense of the word.

Leg­ends, in the mak­ing, wear leo­tards too.

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Su­per­star gym­nast Si­mone Biles com­petes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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