Simone Biles: “Having ADHD And Taking Medicine For It Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of”

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Russian hackers tried to take away four-time gold medalist Simone Biles’ #BlackGirlMagic by publicly releasing confidential records showing her use of methylphenidate, a.k.a. Ritalin, but the gymnast wasn’t having it.


After the leaked data hit the Internet, Biles took to Twitter herself to tell the world she suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

“I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” Biles, 19, wrote on Twitter. “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.”


The data leak is a big deal because methylphenidate is on the World Anti-Doping Association’s list of banned substances for the Olympics.

But USA Gymnastics quickly stepped in to quiet any suspicions that Biles cheated her way through the 2016 Olympic games.