, the Olympic gymnastics
champion, said she's "hitting back at the haters" and hoping to inspire children
with the bedazzled image of a goat that's become a mainstay on her competition leotards.
The goat, which refers to Biles' status as the "Greatest (Gymnast) Of All Time," most recently appeared on her outfits at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which she dominated to win a record seventh U.S. title.
Biles explained the goat named Goldie in an interview
with Marie Claire this week to promote her new Facebook Watch documentary
“The idea was to hit back at the haters,” she explained, “because I didn't think it was fair that they could keep saying whatever they wanted, but then if I said something, it wasn't fair.”
The haters “were joking like, ‘I swear, if she put a goat on her leo, blah, blah, blah.’ That would make them so angry,” Biles explained. “And then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s actually a good idea. Let’s make the haters hate it, and the fans
According to Biles, the emblem also serves as a message to youth
“I just hope that kids growing up watching this aren’t ashamed of being good at whatever they do,” she said, “because that’s my problem: when people
kind of harp on other people who are good at something, and it’s like, everybody can say you’re good, but once you acknowledge it, it’s no longer cool.”
“And I want kids to know that it’s okay to admit you’re good or even great at something,” Biles added.
The full interview with Biles with Marie Claire can be found here.