Simone Biles Believes USAG Taking Better Approach Under Li Li Leung
Simone Biles has been "more conciliatory" toward USA Gymnastics' efforts under President & CEO Li Li Leung after the Gold Medal-winning gymnast was "among the most noteworthy critics" of the NGB's past failures, according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Biles said of USAG's state of affairs, "It's definitely going in the right direction. There's always more you can do as a company and as an organization. So far, they're taking all the right steps. I can't say they're not trying." On athlete safety, Biles said USAG has "taken all the right precautions, and they're doing a better job" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/21). However, in DC, Liz Clarke reports Biles "stopped short of professing faith in the leadership of USA Gymnastics." Biles, when asked about her confidence in the NGB, said, "I just kind of stay to myself. I know I have a job to do. I try to do that to the best of my ability while representing them." Meanwhile, USAG yesterday began a four-day training camp at the Indianapolis-area The Gymnastics Company, a 42,000-square-foot gym the NGB has "rented for its periodic national training camps for the next two years, with an option for a third." That comes after it "severed ties" with gymnastics coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi's training facility in Texas. Biles said that the move is a "step forward" for the NGB (WASHINGTON POST, 1/21).