Legends can wear leotards
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.
Superstar gymnast Simone Biles competes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.