USA Gymnastics ‘Disappointed’ In Racist Remark Against Spring Gymnast Biles

Source: AP /  Houston Chronicle

CHICAGO  — USA Gymnastics is asking Italian gymnastics officials for an explanation of the racially charged comments that were aimed at new world all-around champion Simone Biles.

Italy’s Carlotta Ferlito apologized Tuesday on Twitter for comments she made at the world championships in Belgium. After fellow Italian Vanessa Ferrari and Ferlito finished fourth and fifth on balance beam — just behind Biles — Ferlito said with a laugh, “I told Vane that next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too.”

Biles won the all-around title earlier in the week, the first black gymnast to become world champion. At last year’sLondon GamesGabby Douglas became the first black woman to win the Olympic all-around title.

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  • Fourth and Fifth behind? I’m sorry, that’s pretty far behind. You need to really blame that on skills not color.