Simone Biles hit back at her Instagram trolls in the best way. The Olympic gymnast was criticised for posting a photo from her current holiday with one accusing her of being lazy.
The 20-year-old athlete jetted off to the tropical paradise of Hawaii earlier in July to wind down for the summer with her family. Over the past week, Biles has treated her followers to a peek into her relaxing break with photos of the stunning sunset and her beach antics.
However, one particular image of Biles sipping on a smoothie with the caption, "resting beach face", riled up one of her followers who commented: "Seems like u have partied non stop for a year #trash #unfollow #suckya—rolemodel."
Not one to stand for online bullying, Biles replied scathingly: "Comments like this have me shook. I really wanted to blur her name out so she doesn't get attention. but it is what it is... #Blocked."
The American sports star said in another tweet: "Talk to me when you train for 14 years and earn 5 Olympic medals. I think kids would say otherwise. My year off is well deserved! Take a couple seats."
Biles began training at the tender age of six in 2003 and, after winning multiple tournaments around the world, became a national treasure at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won four gold medals and one bronze. The Ohio-native owns the most gold medals in US history with 14 and the most world championships gold medals of any female gymnast with 10.
Praising Biles' response to the critics, one supporter commented: "Love your response Simone! As a woman and as a parent I truly don't see why some people think rude comments and opinions are their right. You ARE an amazing role model to the young and not so young alike and yes you did EARN your time off! I applaud you for keeping it together and being classy! We love you here in our home!"
Another fan weighed in: "get it girl! You are an Excellent role model. You deserve a break, relax and have a Great time."
One other said: "It looks like you've been travelling, seeing friends and family and enjoying beaches and whatnot - stuff normal people do, but you can't when you're training as an Olympic gymnast. You've more than earned your year off!"
Addressing her gruelling work ethic, Biles previously told the FT: "Even as good as I am, I still have to motivate myself and practise, day in and day out. Just because you're at the top, doesn't mean you can stop. You have to keep going."