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Simone Biles says a flight attendant mistook her for a child and tried to give her a coloring book


Gymnast Simone Biles said a flight attendant mistook her for a child on a flight home from Washington, DC — where she was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

According to Unilad, the seven-time Olympics medalist posted about the incident on her Instagram stories, writing that the attendant tried to give her some entertainment for the flight.

“Not the flight attendant trying to give me a coloring book when I board,” she wrote over a photo of herself. “I said ‘no I’m good, I’m 25.'”

Biles, who stands at 4’8″ tall, according to Team USA, later added that another flight attendant didn’t make the same mistake.

“The other flight attendant gave me a mimosa so we’re in the clear gave me a mimosa so we’re in the clear,” Biles added, according to the outlet.

The decorated athlete became the youngest person to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. A statement from the White House called her “a prominent advocate for athletes’ mental health and safety, children in the foster care system, and victims of sexual assault.”

Biles also took to social media Friday to clap back at Trump administration lawyer Jenna Ellis, who called Biles and soccer star Megan Rapinoe “losers” after their win, as Insider’s Katie Belvic reported.

“Who is Jenna Ellis? Asking for everyone,” the gymnast wrote on Twitter.


Simone Biles, born March 14, 1997 is an American artistic gymnast. Her seven Olympic medals tie Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. She is considered one of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts of all time.

Biles is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19), having surpassed Vitaly Scherbo‘s record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th, both gold, at the 2019 competition in Stuttgart. She is the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (5).


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