There's absolutely no denying that Simone Biles is the gymnastics GOAT.
And that impressive honour was cemented even further when she recently decided to get a bedazzled goat printed on her leotard.
A cocky move in the eyes of her haters, but for others it was simply boss.
Now the 24-year-old has opened up on exactly who inspired her to get have the goat on her leotard - and here's a clue, it definitely wasn't her close friends, family or even her coaches.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Biles admits it was actually her harshest critics that encouraged her to get it done, thinking of it as a way of clapping back at them.
"The idea was to hit back at the haters," she told Marie Claire.
"I didn't feel like it was necessarily fair how they could keep saying whatever they wanted, but then if I said something, it wasn't fair. [The haters] were joking like, 'I swear, if she put a goat on her leo, blah, blah, blah.' That would make them so angry. And then I was like, 'Oh, that's actually a good idea. Let's make the haters hate it, and the fans love it'.
"And so that's exactly what we did and why we did it."
Biles is in the midst of her intense preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Games where she hopes to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic all-around gold in more than 50 years.
Now, if she wasn't already the GOAT before then she definitely will be after accomplishing a feat of that magnitude.
Simone Biles winning her record 7TH title in the GOAT-bedazzled leotard is everything :goat: pic.twitter.com/5Nv64xCQlL- Sports Section (@SportsSection) June 8, 2021
But while she remains humble yet solely focused on the task at hand, Biles still wants to encourage the younger generation that it's not a cardinal sin to acknowledge that you're good at something.
"I just hope that kids growing up watching this don't or aren't ashamed of being good at whatever they do," she added.
"And that's my problem: when people kind of harp on other people that are good at something. And it's like, everybody can say you're good, but once you acknowledge it, it's not cool anymore.
"And I want kids to learn that, yes, it's okay to acknowledge that you're good or even great at something."
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