Hackers reveal medical data for Simone Biles, other U.S. Olympic athletes

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Simone Biles reveals she has ADHD after hack, Christine Dobbyn reports. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Simone Biles was one of the high-profile athletes of the Rio games. The multi-gold medalist from Spring was targeted in a computer hack against the World Anti-Doping Association. Drug testing records were revealed for several U.S. athletes.

WADA said Tuesday the attack - which targeted Biles and some female members of the United States Olympic team that competed in Rio de Janeiro- was carried out by a "Russian cyber espionage group" called Fancy Bears.

"I'm devastated just hearing this happened to Simone who is wholesome type personality. It's very crushing and tough because her innocence is just kind of put out there," said Jackie Washington, President of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians of Houston.

Washington was a 1984 Olympian in track and field. The UH grad still holds several records in the 100 meters.

"You have to disclose your information, even if you are taking things like Tylenol or you ate a bun with pumpkin seed," said Washington.

Biles tweeted she has taken ADHD medicine since she was a child, adding she believes in clean sport. In another tweet she said it's nothing to be ashamed of.

Ron Biles, Simone's father, says he was surprised when he got the call this morning from the U.S. Anti-Doping agency. He says his daughter has done nothing wrong, her medication was approved and that it's a shame someone targeted her medical records.

"I think it's just a smear tactic against our American anti-doping system. I think it's a global smear tactic. It's very offensive. You have these athletes who train hard and expose themselves all the time," added Washington.

USA Gymnastics responded to the hack report saying in part, "Simone has filed the proper paperwork", "there is no violation", and "Simone and everyone at USA Gymnastics believe in the importance of a level playing field for all athletes."

"These criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia," World Anti-Doping Agency director general Olivier Niggli said in a statement.

The International Olympic Committee said it "strongly condemns such methods which clearly aim at tarnishing the reputation of clean athletes."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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