Olympian Simone Biles mistaken for child and offered colouring book on flight

Celebrity gymnast Simone Biles has explained an unfortunate encounter she experienced on her flight home from the White House.

The US gymnast, 25, was in Washington to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Simone, who has four Olympic gold medals, is the youngest person to ever be given the award.

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But, on her flight home to Texas from the ceremony Simone claims she was mistaken for a child…

In an Instagram post, the gymnast said a flight attendant tried to give her a colouring book – part of the in-flight entertainment for kids.

Simone wrote: “Not the flight attendant trying to give me a colouring book when I board … I said, ‘No, I’m fine, I’m 25’.”

The gymnast pulled an unimpressed expression and held a hand to her head in exasperation.

Simone is a tiny 4ft 8in tall which gives her an advantage in gymnastics, but seemingly makes people second guess her age in public.

It seems the flight crew didn’t realise who they were serving, but they did make it up to her with a drink.

Biles posted a clip holding a glass with the caption: “The other flight attendant gave me a mimosa so we’re in the clear.”

However, the staff did check if she was old enough to drink first.

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

Simone’s post went viral and Twitter users howled at the airline’s blunder.

One person wrote: “I cry at the thought of a flight attendant giving Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history, a colouring book.”

While another added: “Embarrassing.

“Though to be fair, I’d say yes to a colouring book (with crayons) and I’m in my 60s.”

A third commented: “How does the flight attendant not know who Simone Biles is?”

Simone, who has seven Olympic medals, was awarded the the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Joe Biden on Thursday.

A statement from the White House read: “Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast in history, with a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals.

“Biles is also a prominent advocate for athletes’ mental health and safety, children in the foster care system and victims of sexual assault.”


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