While the USA Gymnastic organization has struggled to make consistent and sufficiently compassionate statements to support survivors, The Los Angeles Times reports that Biles decided to make a statement by wearing the hue eight months prior to her first post-Olympic appearance.

“I kind of thought I’d be a nervous wreck and maybe fall apart,” Biles told the L.A. Times. “Going into these events, I kept telling my family, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be able to calm myself down the way I did before and handle the nerves.’ But so far, so good.”

Biles did far better than “good”; after her “comeback” competition, she’s now the second woman in history to win nationals five times, and the first to win five all-around titles, earning an all-around score of 60.1. And she did it all while honoring the strength and spirit of survivors like herself.

“[The color] is for the survivors,” Biles said. “I stand with all of them and I think it’s kind of special to unite [people].”