Gymnast Simone Biles started the U.S. National Championships as the top contender, and it stayed that way. During the event in early June 2021, she won the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise titles, as well as the all-around victory, according to NBC Olympics.
Aside from winning her record-setting seventh all-around title, Biles said the win was also special because it was on the way to the Olympics. “I feel like every single championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out specifically because it’s the road to Tokyo,” Biles told the news outlet. “We came out here, and we did what we were supposed to.”
And Biles certainly knows just how good she is at the sport. During the championship, she sported leotards that have a crystal goat embellished on them, per PopSugar — you know, because she’s the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time)? Biles told Marie Claire that the bedazzled goat was a way to “hit back at the haters.” The gymnast added in the interview: “[The haters] were joking like, ‘I swear, if she put a goat on her leo, blah, blah, blah.’ That would make them so angry. And then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s actually a good idea. Let’s make the haters hate it, and the fans love it’… I just hope that kids growing up watching this don’t or aren’t ashamed of being good at whatever they do.”