When mom Anna Matthew (@annaataro) uploaded the adorable footage of her baby, Sophia, smiling at the beloved gymnast, she likely never expected the video to gain 2.2 million views and over 2 thousand comments.
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But it wasn’t just huge media outlets that fell in love with Sophia and her magical moment with Biles’ cardboard likeness.
Simone Biles herself melted when she saw the video and shared it to her Instagram and Twitter with the caption, “How precious, my heart. Videos like this will never get old!”
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my heart. videos like this will never get old! https://t.co/bCoGr5OgUX
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 19, 2021
With 30 combined Olympic and World Championship medals, Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast — man or woman — in World Championship history.
But it isn’t just her collection of medals and stunning athleticism that have made Biles such a beloved icon.
Her strength in the face of abuse and racism, openness about her mental health, advocacy for children in the foster care system, and powerful feminist voice have all endeared her to the public — apparently even to kids as young as Sophia!
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‘A powerful example of why representation matters…’
Thousands of TikTokers flooded Anna’s comment section with emotional reactions to the video.
“She knows she’s beautiful, just like her. Black girl magic!” one user wrote.
“This is adorable and a powerful example of why representation matters,” another user commented.
“She found a role model,” commented another user.
“I see a little gymnast in the making!!! This is precious,” another user wrote.
“Why is this making me emotional?” asked one user.
As the Tokyo Olympics swiftly approach, Biles has established herself as the heavy favorite heading onto the world stage, where fans hope she can defend the all-around title from the 2016 Rio Games.
With all of her amazing accomplishments, it’s no surprise Biles is such a powerful role model to girls around the world — even when she’s in 2D form!
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