Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Admits That Classmates Used To Bully Her For Her Muscular Body

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Simone Biles is one of the most well-known Olympic gymnasts of the past few decades. She has four gold medals from the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she became a huge star.

Not only is Simone the most decorated American gymnast (having a total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals), she’s also a role model for young girls everywhere.

She’s 20 years old, but Simone has already made a huge impact on the world of gymnastics, and on women’s sports in general. After winning five Olympic medals overall, Simone went on to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

Since her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, Simone has gained a ton of fans worldwide. With her newfound fame, Simone has used her platform to encourage young women to be strong and be proud of themselves.

In a January 9, 2018, essay published by Today Style, Simone opened up about struggling to love her body.

“I’ve learned to love my muscles a lot more than when I was younger,” she explained. “People would say mean things at the time. They used to call me a ‘swoldier,’ which didn’t make me feel the best. I wore sweaters or jackets all year long to cover my arms.”

So how did Simone learn to love her body? Her Olympic teammate, Aly Raisman, helped her overcome her self-consciousness and become proud of her appearance.

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