Opinion article for CNN, looking at how FIG’s treatment of Simone poses a more existential question about gymnastics as a sport. This was also selected by CNN as one of their best op-eds of 2019.
“Indeed, gymnastics in 2019 is a sport that is continually being pushed to new heights, experimented with and liberated from the previously rigid ideas. To not adequately reward the work of someone like Biles, to blatantly disallow the greater boundary-pushing innovation and excitement that currently defines it, is to contradict the system as a whole. “They keep asking us to do more difficulty and to give more artistry, give more harder skills,” Biles told NBC after the decision about the triple double was made. “So we do, and then they don’t credit it, and I don’t think that’s fair.””