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Simone Biles Proudly Opens Up About Having ADHD

The gymnast disclosed her condition Tuesday after her medical records were leaked by hackers.

14/09/2016 6:47 AM AEST | Updated September 17, 2016 00:25
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Simone Biles of the United States looks on during the Women's Individual All Around Final at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Roughly one month after she took the Rio Olympics by storm on her way to four gold medals, gymnast Simone Biles has disclosed that she has ADHD and has taken medication for it since she was a child.

The U.S. gymnast made the announcement Tuesday after the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) disclosed that Russian hackers had publicly released the confidential records of some U.S. Olympic athletes, including Biles’. Biles’ leaked data showed that she had tested positive for methylphenidate, also often known as Ritalin. 

Methylphenidate is a banned WADA substance. But U.S.A. Gymnastics wrote in a statement that Biles had received an exemption since she takes it because of her medical condition. 

“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per USADA and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, said in a statement. “The International Gymnastics Federation, the United States Olympic Committee and USADA have confirmed this. Simone and everyone at USA Gymnastics believe in the importance of a level playing field for all athletes.”

While no one should be forced to discuss their medical history as a result of anonymous hackers, Biles made clear on Tuesday that she is not embarrassed to open up about her ADHD. 

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