Gymnastics champion Simone Biles reveals she has ADHD, says ‘I’m not afraid to let people know’

Gymnastics champion Simone Biles reveals she has ADHD, says ‘I’m not afraid to let people know’

Following Tuesday’s incident about a Russian hacker group leaking private medical records of top U.S. Olympic athletes, gymnastics champion and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles reportedly released a statement that she has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The 19-year-old gymnastics champion who took home four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Olympics disclosed on social media that she has ADHD and had been taking medications since childhood.

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“I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me,” Biles tweeted.

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According to an article published by Huffington Post, the USA Gymnastics said in a statement that Biles had been exempted to use methylphenidate or Ritalin, a drug banned by WADA, because of the gymnast’s medical condition.

“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per [U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, said in a statement about the gymnastics champion. “The International Gymnastics Federation, the United States Olympic Committee and USADA have confirmed Penny’s statement. Simone and everyone at USA Gymnastics believe in the importance of a level playing field for all athletes.”

“Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that I’m afraid of to let people know,” Biles said in another tweet.

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In a post by Washington Post, aside from Biles, USA women’s national basketball team member Elena Dell Donne also took to Twitter in response to the medical records leakage incident. She said that she was also taking medication which was granted an exemption from WADA.

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