Black Girls Rock: 18-Year-Old Gymnast Simone Biles Named U.S. Female Olympic Athlete Of The Year

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Gymnast Simone Biles Named U.S. Female Olympic Athlete Of The Year

Congratulations to gymnast Simone Biles for being named U.S. Female Olympic Athlete of the Year according to USA Today reports:

Still eight months shy of her first Olympics, Simone Biles is already one of the most decorated women in gymnastics history. On Thursday, she picked up top honors among American female athletes.

Biles was named the Team USA Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, with a record-breaking year for the 18-year-old Texan helping her beat the likes of Serena Williams and Katie Ledecky.

Biles’ award was announced at the Team USA Awards on Thursday night, but she was unable to attend because she was at the U.S. National Team camp.

Earlier this fall, she became the first woman to win three consecutive world championships. Her four golds there in back-to-back years is also a record.

That haul, with a bronze medal for five total at the event, made her the first woman to win 10 career worlds gold medals. Her total of 14 ties her for third all-time and ranks her first among American gymnasts, male or female.

Biles’ award marks the first time a gymnast has won it since 2008, when Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin shared top honors with swimmer Natalie Coughlin.

She is the fourth gymnast to be named USOC’s top female athlete. Carly Patterson, whose all-around gold in 2004 in Athens was the first by a U.S. woman since Mary Lou Retton, and Kim Zmeskal, who in 1991 was the first U.S. woman to win the world title, also previously won the award.

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Congrats to this super star!!!

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