As we get older, we realize that a lot of people younger than we are look a lot younger than we remember looking when we were their age. When we were teenagers and young adults, we thought we were all grown up, but now we sometimes look at people in their teens and early 20s and think they look like kids.
Yet, we know they’re not actually little children.
Apparently, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles looks like an actual child to some people. She is 25 years old and only 4 feet 8 inches tall. We definitely know elementary school children who are at least that tall. Yet, she is definitely not a child, and considering her fame in the gymnastics world, it’s hard to believe that someone would mistake her for a child. It still happened.
Biles was on a flight when a flight attendant mistook her for a child. As she boarded the plane, she was asked if she would like a coloring book. Biles turned down the offer explaining, “No. I’m good. I’m 25.” She shared the encounter on her Instagram stories along with a selfie where her expression shows exactly how she feels about being mistaken for a child in her mid-20s. Her post was later shared on Twitter.
i’m crying at the thought of a flight attendant giving simone biles the most decorated gymnast in history a coloring book because she is 4’8” pic.twitter.com/s03QHpUUH8
— matt (@mattxiv) July 9, 2022
It appears that not everyone on the flight thought Biles was a child. She shared that, “The other flight attendant gave me a mimosa so we’re in the clear.”
It’s possible that Biles may have boarded this flight after visiting Washington, D.C. The gymnast was there to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. When President Joe Biden introduced her he explained, “Today, she adds to her medal count.” He joked, “I don’t know how you’re going to find room.”
Biles has 32 Olympic and World Championship medals in gymnastics. She is the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Biden explained that Biles is “an advocate for athletes’ mental health, foster care children and sexual assault victims. She’s also the youngest person to ever receive the medal.”
Does it surprise you that a flight attendant would think Biles was a child due to her height? How would you react if a flight attendant mistook you for a child and offered you a coloring book?