Hacker Reveals Simone Biles Has ADHD But She Rallies Back And Opens Up

During the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one gymnast emerged as America’s new gymnastic sweetheart. At only 4’9”, Simone Biles is small in stature, but big in personality. She won four gold medals and the hearts of people all over the world this summer.

However, she appears to have been the victim of a Russian hacking attempt in which they broke into the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) servers and released her confidential medical records, as well of those of several other athletes, including Tennis champion Serena Williams.

The leaked records show that Biles has repeatedly tested positive for methylphenidate, known to most as Ritalin. This substance is a banned substance under WADA’s rules, and this Biles has come under fire from critics who accuse her of doping.

On Tuesday, the Olympic gold medalist fought back on Twitter. She announced that she had been using Ritalin for years – ever since she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She tweeted, “I have ADHD and have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport.”

And then Biles did something we truly love her for – she reminded people that having a disorder like ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of, and she urged people to share their diagnoses with others. You go, girl!

Thankfully, the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) allows athletes to use some prohibited drugs on WADA’s list if they have an illness or diagnosis that requires them, which of course Biles does.

The Official USA Gymnastics Twitter account also released a statement saying that Biles had not broken any regulations by using Ritalin as proscribed by her doctor.

At this point, having made the world a more enlightened and happy place, we’re sure Miss Biles dusted off her hands and went to nap on her pile of shiny medals!