Just one month after showing the world that she’s a true GOAT (greatest of all time) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, four-time gold medalist Simone Biles is opening up about her ADHD. Unfortunately, probably not the way she had hoped people would find out.
The world champion and olympic gymnast was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and she’s taken medication for it ever since.
The announcement came Tuesday after Russian hackers publicly released the confidential records of some U.S. Olympic athletes. The data leaked in regards to Biles showed that she had tested positive for methylphenidate, which is the formal name for Ritalin.
Methylphenidate is recognized by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) as a banned substance. A statement released by U.S.A. Gymnastics declares that Biles had received an exemption as she consumes the substance to treat a medical condition.
“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per USADA and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, said in a statement. “The International Gymnastics Federation, the United States Olympic Committee and USADA have confirmed this. Simone and everyone at USA Gymnastics believe in the importance of a level playing field for all athletes.”
Though the news has created some negative press, Biles has made it clear that she is not embarrassed to open up about her ADHD.