Simone Biles had an incredible year. Not sure about that? Here are some of her highlights:
- She became the first American female gymnast to win 4 gold medals at the Olympic games.
- She became the fourth straight American woman to capture the all-around and fifth overall.
- She kicked off the 2016 Rio Games with an almost perfect vault – with a 62.366 score.
- She made EBONY’s Power 100 List of the top influential Black people in America.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Finishing off the year strong, Biles has just been named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
AP reports that in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.
Having also released the story of her life this year, Biles is already inspiring us towards greatness in 2017.
“If you’re willing to put in a lot of work, and if you’re focused and determined, you can go really far. That doesn’t mean everything will happen overnight; for me, it took years of training and perseverance to reach my goals.”