- Simone Biles once got a speeding ticket while driving to practice before the 2016 Olympics.
- The same police officer was assigned to escort her through the airport when she returned from Rio.
- The officer “felt so bad” and said she could have gotten out of it, Biles wrote on Instagram.
Every driver knows the dreadful feeling of getting pulled over for speeding.
Even seven-time Olympic medalists.
During a question and answer session on Instagram last week, American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles revealed that she got a speeding ticket on her way to practice ahead of her breakout at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
And in an awkward twist of fate, the same police officer who issued her ticket before the games was “randomly assigned” to escort her through the airport once she arrived home with four golds and a bronze medal in tow.
“He felt so bad, but he didn’t know,” Biles wrote on Instagram. “And I wasn’t about to say ‘hey pls no I’m training for the Olympics.'”
Not everyone has such an impressive explanation for exceeding the speed limit, but Biles said the officer in question encouraged her to pull that excuse in the future.
“He said if I would have said that, it would have worked,” Biles wrote, adding a “😅” emoji at the end. “Learned my lesson….”
Biles is fresh off the Tokyo Olympics, where she won two medals despite withdrawing from five medal events due to struggles with the pressure she felt on sports’ biggest stage and a case of the twisties, a dangerous phenomenon that causes disorientation midair. Her experience in Tokyo sparked a larger conversation around the world about how we treat the mental health of athletes.
Now that the games are over, Biles is set to go on another country-wide tour — the “Gold Over America Tour” — alongside current and former USA Gymnastics teammates. The tour begins September 21 in Tuscon, Arizona, and continues in cities across the US until early November.
It remains unclear whether Biles will continue training for Paris 2024 once the tour concludes. Though she’s previously said that Tokyo would be her final Olympics, Biles hinted that she’s “leaving the door open” to a return given the tumultuous nature of her experience at this summer’s games.