In an interview to USA Today the American swimmer Simona Biles said she got inspired by her compatriot Serena Williams in raising the awareness that female athletes are great enough to have success in all sports. Biles said: “It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, 'Yes, I am good at this,' and you don’t hold back.
You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good (to do) because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.
It’s not out of cockiness. I’ve won five world titles and if I say, 'I’m the best gymnast there is,' (the reaction is) 'Oh, she’s cocky. Look at her now.’ No, the facts are literally on the paper.
I think it’s important to teach (young girls) that. It also shows kids that it’s OK, if you’re enjoying the moment, to smile, to be happy. If you’re not having a good time, it’s OK, you don’t have to hide that from people.
Not saying you should scream or punch things. You could probably do that behind the scenes. But if you’re upset, you can show that you’re upset”. Biles concluded: "I try to stay focused on myself and the expectations I have for myself going in.
But at times it’s overwhelming. I don’t know. Somehow I just manage it”.