After retired gymnast MyKayla Skinner criticized the 2024 Olympics team, Simone Biles posted a message stating,

July 6, 2024

The celebrated gymnast—who will soon represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics—seemingly weighed in after former teammate MyKayla Skinner appeared to criticize the group’s work ethic.While Simone didn’t mention MyKayla by name, she wrote on Threads July 3, “Not everyone needs a mic and a platform.”The post came after MyKayla sparked controversy in a since-deleted YouTube video for saying, “Besides Simone, I feel like the talent and the depth just isn’t like what it used to be.”In addition to Simone, fellow gymnasts Suni Lee, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles and Hezly Rivera will represent Team USA in Paris.E-comm: Simone Biles Gold Over America TourPHOTOSEvery Time Simone Biles Proved She Is the GOAT”The girls just don’t have the work ethic,” MyKayla continued, before referencing the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization, helping to end abuse in athletics. “And it’s hard too because of SafeSport. Like, coaches can’t get on athletes and they have to be really careful what they say.””Which, in some ways, is really good,” she noted, “but at the same time, to get to where you need to be in gymnastics you do have to be, I feel like, a little aggressive and a little intense.”And although MyKayla has since apologized—saying on her Instagram Story July 3 that she’s “sorry for anything that got out of context or seemed hurtful”—her comments have made an impact online.In fact, former gymnast Vanessa Atler defended the team, writing on her Instagram July 4 that she’s “never seen so much depth” in squad.”The words that you said cannot be misinterpreted,” Vanessa, the 1997 U.S. national all-around champion, wrote. “They are just petty and mean. That’s all there is to it. Maybe you should take a lesson from these Olympic athletes on how to be supportive and uplifting to other women.”To catch up with more former gymnasts ahead of the Olympics, keep reading…A pioneer in the sport, she was among the first female athletes to help popularize gymnastics in the nation, thanks to her strong performance at the 1968 Mexico City Games, although she never medaled. Rigby retired after the 1972 Olympics and is perhaps best known for playing the title role in the theatrical musical Peter Pan, which earned her a Tony Award nomination in 1991. She has been a familiar face to not only theatre fans but also TV viewers, due to serving for many years as an ABC Sports commentator, in addition to appearing on the series The Six Million Dollar Man. Rigby has also been open throughout the years about her previous battle with disordered eating. The star and husband Tom McCoy share two children, and she has two children from a previous marriage.A defining cultural figure of the 1980s before retiring in 1986, she won five medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Among those prizes was gold in the all-around, making her the first American woman to achieve this feat in the sport. She shares four children with her ex-husband, former University of Houston quarterback Shannon Kelley, who she split from in 2018. Outside of athletics, she became vocal in politics, supporting President Ronald Reagan along his 1984 reelection campaign trail and later speaking at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Retton made cameos in the films Scrooged and Naked Gun 33+1⁄3, and more recently, she became the first woman inducted into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame in 2020. The retired athlete was hospitalized for severe pneumonia in 2023.With a total of seven medals, won during the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games, she became the most-awarded female Olympic gymnast in history. After failing to qualify for the 2020 Sydney Games, Miller turned her focus to her schooling, earning a business degree and later a law degree, although she never took the Bar Exam. Miller went on to appear in fitness videos, published the 2015 autobiography It’s Not About Perfect and is an advocate for preventing childhood obesity. She and second husband John Falconetti share two children. She is a two-time medalist best known for competing on the vault despite an ankle injury at the 1996 Atlanta Games and later being carried to the podium by coach Béla Károlyi. The memorable feat led to a whirlwind of media moments, including appearances on SNL and Beverly Hills, 90210, plus a visit with President Bill Clinton, and she retired shortly thereafter. Strug went on to become a schoolteacher and also got involved in politics, including speaking at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Her memoir, Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams, is in development as a feature film from director Olivia Wilde, with Thomasin McKenzie attached to play the athlete. She and husband Robert Fischer share two children. She competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games, 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Games, winning four medals. This includes the team gold in 1996, making her the first Black gymnast of any nationality to win a gold medal.Dawes retired after the Sydney Games. She has appeared in multiple music videos, including Missy Elliott’s “We Run This” in 2006, and played Patty Simcox in a 1990s Broadway revival of Grease. The athlete was named co-chair of President Barack Obama’s President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2010, and she is also an advocate for autism awareness. Dawes and husband Jeff Thompson share four children. She was among the stars of the 2008 Beijing Games, thanks to her four medals, including gold in the balance beam. Shawn retired just before the 2012 London Games, having already become a pop-culture personality due to winning Dancing With the Stars in 2009. She has remained a media mainstay ever since 2008, notching appearances on a long list of shows that includes The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Celebrity Apprentice, The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Family Feud. The star also led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and has authored several books, including the 2016 YA novel The Flip Side. Johnson shares three kids with NFL player Andrew East, who she married in 2016. The Olympian has been open about her previous struggles with disordered eating. The gymnast nabbed five medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, including gold in the all-around. She retired just before the 2012 London Games and has appeared on such shows as Gossip Girl, Make It or Break It and Hellcats, in addition to making a cameo in the film Stick It. Nastia also competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2015 and released the memoir Finding My Shine in 2015.In 2018, she and hockey player Matt Lombardi called off their engagement.She went Instagram official with Ben Weyand, the operations vice president at Trive Capital, in 2022.Her two Olympic medals from the 2012 London Games include team gold. After winning silver in the vault that summer, she became a meme when her expression on the podium made her appear to be unimpressed. Maroney, who announced her retirement in 2016, has since transitioned into both acting and singing. She has appeared on a range of TV shows including Hart of Dixie, Bones and Superstore, and she released her first single, “Wake Up Call,” in 2020. In 2021, she appeared in a Geico ad, during which she gave her infamous “not impressed” look.She was part of the gold-winning teams at both the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She also won gold in the gymnastics all-around in 2016, becoming the first African American to do so. Douglas stepped away from the mat after the Rio Games and has become a prominent TV and media fixture. She published her 2012 memoir Grace, Gold, and Glory, was the subject of the 2014 Lifetime movie The Gabby Douglas Story and starred with her family in the Oxygen unscripted series Douglas Family Gold.Other TV appearances include Kickin It and Undercover Boss, along with winning The Masked Dancer in 2020.In 2024, she announced her comeback to the sport, sharing her hopes to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, but she was forced to pull out of the U.S. gymnastics championships in May due to an ankle injury. The second-most-awarded American Olympic female gymnast behind Miller, Raisman picked up six medals between the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, including the floor competition gold in 2012, along with consecutive team golds.Raisman, who retired after the Rio Games, released her memoir Fierce in 2017 and made a cameo in the 2019 Charlie’s Angels film. She placed fourth on Dancing With the Stars in 2013 and appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in both 2017 and 2018. She has also released two books: 2017’s Fierce and the 2024 children’s book From My Head to My Toes. Her dating life has included a high-profile relationship with Colton Underwood that ended in 2017, prior to him appearing on The Bachelorette and later leading The Bachelor.