INDIANAPOLIS – The GOAT is back.
Competing for the first time in 587 days at the U.S. Classic on Saturday night, Simone Biles marked the occasion by wearing a leotard with a goat on the back. A goat head to be exact, outlined in rhinestones.
It’s the second time Biles has worn a goat leo. She also wore it for podium training at the national championships in 2019.
“There should be times where we can celebrate whenever we do a good routine. Or if you’ve been on a winning streak for a year. Or so forth,” Biles said then. “I think it’s something you should have pride in. Not be cocky about it, but have pride in it.”
Simone Biles with another goat on the back of her leotard for her first gymnastics meet since October 2019. pic.twitter.com/J0MWbajrDx
GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time and if any athlete is deserving of the title, it’s Biles. She won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, including the all-around title. Her five all-around titles at the world championships are the most by any woman, and she also is the most decorated gymnast, male or female, at worlds with 25 medals.
Biles’ 19 gold medals at worlds is also a record for any gymnast.
She also has four skills named after her, in recognition of being the first gymnast to compete the move, and it will soon be five after she did a Yurchenko double pike vault Saturday night.
Simone Biles performs her balance beam routine during the U.S. Classic gymnastics competition in Indianapolis May 22, 2021. (Photo: AJ MAST, AP)
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