Olympian Simone Biles talks to Vogue about her sexual abuse story, the BLM, Colin Kaepernick and Breonna Taylor in a very detailed interview. Let’s find out what she says.
SIMONE BILES MAKES IT ON THE VOGUE COVER
SIMONE BILES is the strongest gymnast in history without a doubt. Biles hasn’t lost a meet since 2013 in the individual all-around category. As of October, when she won her fifth all-around international title, Biles became the most decorated gymnast in World Championship history.
Simone Biles was born in 1997 in Columbus, Ohio—her biological mother was struggling with drugs. Her biological father was out of the picture. Biles was three when child-protective services placed her and her three siblings in foster care.
The Olympic champion wrote, in a statement on Twitter at the time,”I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar.”
She spoke to Vogue about the lasting trauma from the sexual abuse by the team’s doctor, Larry Nasser for decades. She says, “It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences, and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused.”
Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault in 2018 and is currently serving a decades-long prison sentence.
Simone Biles Talks About Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor And Colin Kaepernick
In the wake of Black Lives Matter Movement she strongly spoke saying, “We need change,” “We need justice for the Black community. With the peaceful protests it’s the start of change, but it’s sad that it took all of this for people to listen,” she said. “Racism and injustice have existed for years with the Black community. How many times has this happened before we had cell phones?”
Biles said, “Breonna will be remembered. She’s going to find justice. They’re already reopening her case. I’m happy for that. But I just don’t understand. She was sleeping. How do you feel threatened when you’re a police officer and they’re sleeping? Come on now.”
Media debates over protest tactics also struck Biles as odd. “We tried peaceful protesting. Then Colin Kaepernick—he lost his job. He lost his career. They took his whole entire career away from that poor man. And look at us now,” she said. “It’s working. You just have to be the first and people will follow.”