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Simone Biles not ready to commit to Olympics after postponement to 2021

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Simone Biles was ready to add to her vast collection of hardware at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, but now that the Games have been postponed until next year, her participation is no longer a sure thing.

In an interview on Wednesday, the gymnastics legend indicated that she was not ready to commit to competing in 2021.

“Well, nothing is really set in stone yet,” said Biles, per ESPN. “We’re trying to figure out the right training [regimen] just so mentally and physically we can try and stay on top of our game. We’re just playing it by ear and really just listening to my body.

“A year is a lot for elite athletes,” she added. “It feels more than a year on your body, trust me. Especially gymnastics, the impact we take. It’s your whole entire body, it’s not just your legs or your feet or your arms, we have to make sure your whole body is in check … I feel like there is kind of pressure. This year I was just doing it for me, no expectations. Now it’s all eyes again on you, wondering, ‘Can she do it, now she’s a year older?’ You’re like, ‘Oh, shoot.'”

Biles, the most decorated female gymnast ever, also called the postponement a “letdown.” She returned to competition in 2018 after taking home five medals (four of them gold) at the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the “Final Five.” Biles pulled off this ridiculous move on the national stage last year as well.

While her talent is unparalleled, Biles will be 24 years old when the Tokyo Games take place, which is virtually ancient in the world of gymnastics. After all, Biles’ teammate in Rio, Aly Raisman, was widely teased for her age when she was only 22 at the time.

Watch: Simone Biles’ triple-double is even better in extreme slow motion

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The triple-double that Simone Biles nailed at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday was incredible, but comprehending the complexity of the move in real time was difficult. Even watching it in slow motion still didn’t completely allow viewers to carefully dissect what she had done.

Thankfully Timothy Burke broke the film down into extreme slow motion that allows viewers to fully analyze and appreciate the triple-double. Here you can see the three twists and two flips executed by Biles during her floor routine:

That was unbelievable.

You know you’re doing something special when it has to be slowed down to that speed for the naked eye to be able to see all that went on.

Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has now captured six all-around titles at the US Gymnastics Championships.

Watch: Simone Biles makes history with first triple-double in floor exercise

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Simone Biles continues to do incredible things on the gymnastics floor.

A day after nailing a double-double in competition, Biles came back and landed the first ever triple-double. The Olympic gold medalist won the all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. Her triple-double in the floor exercise on Sunday went viral. A triple-double is a skill that involves three twists and two somersaults in the air.

Here it is in slow motion so you can really get a look at it:

The degree of difficulty is so high for that move; most gymnasts simply cannot physically execute that skill, which gives Biles a huge advantage in scoring, as NBC’s Nick Zaccardi points out.

Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, has now won six all-around titles at the US Gymnastics Championships. She is also looking to become a five-time World overall champion.

Simone Biles criticism leads to apology from Gabby Douglas

On Friday, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman used social media to call for an end to victim shaming in sexual abuse cases and attacks on women for the attire they choose to wear.

In response, fellow American gymnast Gabby Douglas, who won gold alongside Raisman at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games, shared a controversial retort, implying women are, in part, responsible for sending the wrong message based on what they wear.

Simone Biles, another American gymnast who performed alongside Raisman and Douglas, took extreme offense of Douglas’ sentiment and offered a harsh criticism of her own via Twitter.

After facing the heat, Douglas deleted her original tweet and subsequently offered an apology to Raisman and all victims of sexual abuse.

Douglas has been repeatedly criticized for her attitude over the years, which is likely why Biles said this latest round of comments didn’t surprise her. However, Douglas made the right choice in walking back her initial comments and offering an apology. Now she should take it a step further and contact Raisman with an apology directly.

Simone Biles blasts Gabby Douglas over response to sexual abuse post

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Simone Biles is calling out her former gymnastics teammate over a recent response to a post on sexual abuse.

On Friday, gymnast Aly Raisman tweeted a message calling for an end to victim shaming and the way that women are attacked for the way they dress.

Several hours later, fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas, who twice won the gold medal with Raisman as teammates on the “Fierce Five” team at the 2012 London Olympics and again on the “Final Five” team at the 2016 Rio Games, had a controversial response to Raisman’s post. Douglas has since deleted her original tweet but has left up other replies on the subject.

Not long afterwards, it was another gymnast’s turn to react: Simone Biles. She called out Douglas for her response, saying that she wasn’t surprised but “expected more” while also voicing her own support for Raisman. Here is exactly what Biles, who was on that “Final Five” team in Rio as well, said:

This is not the first time that Douglas has come off as being an outsider among her United States gymnastics teammates, but it may very well be the most deserved after a truly bad take like that.

Simone Biles fires back on social media after being called bad role model

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Simone Biles has gotten used to social media trolls since she gained fame at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but that doesn’t mean she is able to totally ignore all the insults that are hurled her way.

Over the weekend, Biles posted a seemingly innocent photo on Instagram that showed her enjoying some time at the beach:

resting beach face

A post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on

One Instagram follower saw the photo as an opportunity to criticize the 20-year-old for what the user described as Biles having “partied non stop for a year.” The comment struck a nerve with Biles, and she decided to fire back.

Biles very quickly realized how much different life can be in the public spotlight when she had to defend herself last year after some of her private medical information leaked. The more followers you have on social media, the more likely you are to have idiotic comments thrown your way.

Simone Biles poses for hilarious picture with Shaq

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What happens when you put 7-foot-1 Shaquille O’Neal and 4-foot-9 Simone Biles next to each other? Hilarity happens.

Biles posted the highly amusing image on Twitter, as the two met at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

It should be noted that Biles is wearing heels and she still barely makes it past Shaq’s waist.

This is not the first time that Biles has posed with a significantly taller NBA player. Now how about posing with 7-foot-6 Yao Ming? We’ll even settle for Boban Marjanovic, the tallest active player, who stands 7-foot-3.

Kevin Love poses for photo with Simone Biles, towers over her

Kevin Love

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles attended the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday and teamed up with Cavs big man Kevin Love for one of the best photos of the year.

Before the game, the 4-foot-9 Biles posed for a picture with the 6-foot-10 Love, and greatness ensued.

Just a couple of Olympians hanging out at The Q. ???? #goals #TeamUSA

A photo posted by Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) on

The connection between the two runs deeper than you might think as both of them are Olympic gold medalists and Biles previously committed to UCLA, Love’s alma mater.

While that height difference actually isn’t quite as drastic as the one we saw out of this NBA player-gymnast duo over the summer, it’s still an absolutely legendary shot nonetheless.

Simone Biles defends taking ADHD medication after Russian hackers leak files

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Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles released a statement on Tuesday defending herself over the medication she takes after Russian hackers managed to leak confidential files.

The hackers, who are calling themselves “Fancy Bears,” released confidential information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that compromised the privacy of Biles and Serena Williams, among other athletes. According to the BBC, the group accused Biles of taking an “illicit psycho-stimulant.” USA Gymnastics condemned the hack and released a statement saying Biles had obtained permission to use a prescription medication. Biles later revealed on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with ADHD.

There has been speculation that the hacking group compromised Wada’s security as revenge for Russia’s track and field team being banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged doping program that was funded by the state. All Russian athletes have also been banned from competing in the Paralympics.

Biles, like many athletes, has a “Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)” for taking prescription medication. Fancy Bears referred to TUEs as “licenses for doping” and alleged that Williams has been given permission to use anti-inflammatory medications that give her an advantage.

While Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it is “out of the question” that Russian officials had anything to do with the hacking, Wada said the breach strains its relationship with Russia even further.

“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” Wada director-general Olivier Niggli said.

TUEs have aways been a controversial topic in sports, and we have even seen that with some of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball. It’s unfortunate that Biles had to reveal personal information like that to defend herself.

Simone Biles will serve as USA flag bearer for Olympic closing ceremony

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Simone Biles will receive one last honor at the Rio Olympics: she’ll be the U.S. flag bearer at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

The announcement was made Saturday morning via the U.S. Olympic Team’s Twitter account.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles said, via Team USA’s official website. “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”

Biles becomes the first American female gymnast to receive the honor. She won four Olympic golds in Rio and got to meet her celebrity crush, so it’s safe to say she’s having a really good week.