TOKYO, 22 July 2021:
US gymnast Simone Biles has become the first Olympian and first female athlete to get her own emoji on Twitter — a goat wearing a red jersey and a gold medal, doing the splits.
Twitter launched the new emoji to honour Biles’ “legacy, achievements and her epic usage of the platform,” on which she is very active.
The goat refers to the acronym GOAT that stands for “Greatest Of All Time,” commonly used to refer to athletes such as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.
When Twitter users now write the hashtag #Simone or #SimoneBiles, her emoji will appear automatically.
Biles, winner of four gold medals and one bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and owner of 25 world championship medals, 19 of them gold, has on occasion worn a goat on her leotards.
Until now, only male athletes, including American football players Pat Mahomes and Tom Brady, had been granted a Twitter GOAT emoji of their own.
Biles will begin competing in the Tokyo Games on Sunday with the team qualification round.
The US delegation yesterday announced Biles and her teammates will not stay at the Olympic Village, but in a hotel, as a preventive measure against Covid-19.