Simone Biles has struck gold again. The 19-year-old gymnast and five-time Olympic gold medalist earned AP’s Female Athlete of the Year title, winning 31 out of the 59 potential votes for the top honor.

The tiny powerhouse gymnast, standing at just 4 feet 8 inches tall, beat out fellow Olympian Katie Ledecky and tennis superstar Serena Williams for the title. Biles is the fifth gymnast to earn the distinction, joining her Final Five teammate Gabby Douglas, who won after her 2012 Olympic run.

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Biles’ AP title continues her 2016 win streak, which was punctuated with her record-breaking performance at the Olympics in Rio. Biles made competing look easy, but her complex routines helped her earn four gold medals in the team and all-around competitions as well as the floor and vault exercise and a bronze balance beam medal.

Her 19 Olympic and World Championship medals solidify her as the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history.

Biles spent the rest of the year doing casual things like releasing a book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, covering Teen Vogue and Ebony, getting kisses from Zac Efron and hugging Beyonce. Luckily, Biles announced that she aims to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The honor came on the heels of Biles speaking out on her body image after haters took to the Internet to troll her. “I love it & I’m comfortable in my skin,” Biles said about her body in a tweet, letting the haters know they can’t bring this Olympian down.

By Anika Reed

posted on 01/02/2017 by kunstar
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