Simone Biles Named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Simone Biles AP Athlete of YearThe Associated Press announced today that it has selected gymnast Simone Biles as its Female Athlete of the Year.

The 19-year-old athlete has taken the world by storm with her natural talent and impressive career- she’s one of the best gymnasts to ever have graced the mat and helped lead the USA gymnastics team through a successful 2016 Summer Olympics run. Biles scored four gold medals during the competition, making her the new USA record-holder for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics during a single Olympics. She also took home a bronze medal for her balance beam routine, bringing her 2016 Games medal total to a dynamic 5.

According to AP, Biles was selected by various U.S. editors and news directors and received a total of 31 out of 59 votes. Coming in second to Biles was U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who received 20 votes. The remaining votes were split between Serena Williams and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, with four votes each.

Biles joins four other gymnasts who’ve earned the title of AP Female Athlete of the year: Gabby Douglas in 2012, Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, and Olga Korbut in 1972.

The AP‘s selection for Male Athlete of the Year will be announced on December 28.

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