American gymnast Simone Biles and what has become her emblem, Goldie the Goat, have their own emoji on Twitter for the Tokyo Olympics.
The animal emoji (which is becoming a feature of Biles’ competition outfits) will appear whenever Twitter users type in the #SimoneBiles or #Simone hashtags throughout the games, which officially begin on Friday.
Goldie is wearing a gold medal and appears to be doing the splits in the image.
The emoji honors Biles’ legacy, Twitter said in a statement.
Goldie is a nod to Biles’ status as the “greatest (gymnast) of all time,” or GOAT, and was originally intended as a double-bar, the athlete told the magazine. Marie Claire in June.
“The idea was to retaliate against the enemies,” she explained. “I didn’t feel like it was necessarily just how they could keep saying whatever they wanted, but then if I said something, it wasn’t fair.”
Enemies “would joke like, ‘I swear, if she put a goat on her lion, blah, blah, blah.’ It would make them so angry, ”Biles said. And then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s actually a good idea. Let’s make enemies hate him and fans love him. And that’s exactly what we did and why we did it.
Goldie may have become a fan favorite, but Biles said this week that she has no plans to ink the animal on her body.
” I do not think so. Not my kind of tattoo. I like the little ones that make sense, ”she told fans on Instagram on Wednesday. “Goldie the goat was a running joke. I like him and will continue, but it’s a little too permanent for me haha.
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