BOSTON — When Simone Biles designed a teal mint leotard in January, she thought she would wear it mostly because she liked the color.
But Biles made a larger statement at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Sunday. Teal is the designated color for sexual-abuse survivors.
Teal ribbons became commonplace at NCAA gymnastics meets in the winter and spring to stand with the survivors of Larry Nassar‘s decades of sexual abuse under the guise of USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Biles came forward in January as one of those brave women.
“Going into it, I felt like I would look very good in this color, and then everything kind of happened,” she said Sunday night, after the most dominant performance in nationals history. “It is for the survivors, and I stand with all of them. I think it’s kind of special to unite.”
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