Does The Atlantic Understand Sports?

No: Simone Biles’ critics in the sports world don’t understand today’s athletes. Sports critics don’t “understand” anyone: They judge athletic performances.

Rio de Janeiro — Simone Biles, ginasta dos Estados Unidos, durante final em que levou medalha de ouro na disputa por equipes feminina nos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. (Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)

For those following the Olympics- though admittedly, there aren’t many- the shocking sudden withdrawal of superstar gymnast Simone Biles from competition this week threw cold water on an already tepid games.