At a young age, Simone Biles was already competing as a level 8 gymnast when she was diagnosed with ADHD. She went on to win a gold medal at the World Championships at the age of 16, becoming the first female African-American athlete to win gold in the all-around. She secured her spot on the U.S women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she won four gold medals. She is the most decorated American gymnast in history, with 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.
But in 2016, a Russian hacking organization leaked the private medical information of many Olympic athletes; targeting seemed to be focused on black American women, including Biles and Venus and Serena Williams. Biles’ medical records showed that she used methylphenidate and tried to frame the leak as if Biles was doping. That medication is, of course, Ritalin.
Showing grace and strength in the face of a breach of privacy, Biles used the opportunity to speak out against ADHD stigma. She sent out a series of tweets show she is unashamed. "I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me. Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of [and] nothing that I'm afraid to let people know." Never change, Simone.