Simone Biles shows off 'baby abs' after slamming article about Larry Nassar abuse

Simone Biles is standing up for herself — and getting in shape while she’s at it.

The Olympic gold medalist spent the weekend sunbathing and showing off her “baby abs” — which, as many fans noted, look like a full-blown six-pack — in a bikini shoot for Instagram.

baby abs peeking through – just in time for summer

A post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on Apr 29, 2018 at 1:07pm PDT

Followers were impressed by the 21-year-old gymnast’s toned tummy, but the muscles aren’t just about looking good in a swimsuit as summer approaches.

The 2016 Rio favorite has been training hard for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, as shown in a USA Gymnastics video that premiered last week. The video shows Biles getting back in the gym with new coach Laurent Landi after taking some time off to travel.

Biles discusses her workouts and progress in the video, but one topic doesn’t come up: the abuse scandal involving the now-imprisoned Larry Nassar. Biles was one of more than 200 women who stepped forward to speak of being abused by Nassar during his role as team doctor for USA Gymnastics.

While Biles has been candid about her experience with Nassar, she’s making it clear that her goal to compete in the 2020 Games shouldn’t be conflated with her past abuse. A Daily Mail article published on Friday did just that, promoting her new video while defining her as “a victim of pedophile Larry Nassar.”

Biles was quick to call out the article, which was tweeted and then deleted by International Gymnast, noting that she didn’t mention Nassar in her video and reiterating that her training goals have nothing to do with him.

The Olympic champion’s defiant message currently has more than 24,000 likes, with a number of supportive comments cheering on her right to reclaim her narrative.

Long story short: She’s stronger than ever, in more ways than one.

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