October 2018 Simone's Solidarity
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Brilliant 21-year-old Olympic gymnast Simone Biles chose the moment she won her fifth US All-around title to make a powerful statement on behalf of victims of sexual abuse by wearing a teal leotard, the colour associated with victims. A teal ribbon is often worn in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but Simone wanted to use the US Gymnastics Championships to make her views and her solidarity with victims known to a wider audience. Simone, who won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2017, is one of over 250 athletes who have accused former US Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar is now serving three prison sentences which means he will spend the rest of his life in jail.