Two news stories from last week stood out to me for their juxtaposition. Simone Biles, who has been dubbed “the greatest gymnast of all time,” was penalized for being in a league of her own. Meanwhile, President Trump, who is facing impeachment, was busy trying to position himself above the rules.
USA Today’s Nancy Armour writes,
In an effort to deter other gymnasts from trying skills they are not physically capable of doing, the International Gymnastics Federation watered down the value of a new element Biles plans to do at the world championships. That’s right. Penalize the reigning world and Olympic champion, who is almost cautious when it comes to adding difficulty, for the potential recklessness of others.
Biles has a history of attempting skills “so difficult few other gymnasts even try them