Simone Biles Target on Back Because Shes Breaking Boundaries | 22 Words

Simone Biles has claimed there is a target placed on her back because she is breaking boundaries in gymnastics.

Biles has opened up about her incredible talents in episode 5 of her series, Simone vs Herself.

The Olympic medalist is currently starring in the third season of the popular Facebook Watch Versus series.

The series gives viewers a look into Biles' life as a gymnast and shows the difficulties she faces as she continues her career to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

During episode 5, Biles talked about the "target" placed on her back because of her gymnastic capability.

She explained that her skills are devalued because she is "breaking boundaries."

"I'm kind of breaking boundaries. And they're like 'Well, wait a minute! We need to change this real quick. What can we do?' So they devalue skills. It is what it is."

The Atlantic's Jemele Hill also spoke in the episode, noting that there is "a defiance in everything that she does."

"There's a defiance in everything that she does," Hill said. "And it's not petulant defiance; it's her realizing her worth. She's come to realize she is the sport right now, and I think it's that sense of empowerment that has only emboldened her."

Back in May, Biles made history at the U.S Classic when she landed a Yurchenko double pike vault.

But, despite attempting and succeeding in a vault so dangerous and daring, Biles was only awarded a score on par with others whose vaults were far less difficult... a score that left her very annoyed.

At the time, Biles told NBC Sports: "Am I in a league of my own? Yes, but that doesn't mean you can't credit me for what I'm doing. They keep asking us to do more difficulty and to give more artistry, give harder skills. So we do, and then they don't credit it, and I don't think that's fair."

Biles will be representing Team USA in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, which will begin July 23rd.