America’s 19 year old gymnast Simone Biles who took the 2016 Olympics by storm has been stripped off her 2 all-around gymnastics gold medals by the IAAF few days after her triumphant entry into the Olympic world.
Biles, competing at her first Olympic Games, made a mockery of those who doubted her ability to cope with the occasion and added pressure of being the outstanding favorite. Biles took gold ahead of US teammate Aly Raisman and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina after finishing off with a dazzling floor routine.
The 19-year-old was stripped off her gold after the US government filed a protest with the IAAF that, Simone failed to prompt Gabby Douglas to put her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics. An action many see as disrespectful.