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Simone Biles has had quite an interesting year. From dealing with cyber bullying to winning five Olympic medals. But things just got even better.
The Associated Press released its annual AP Athlete of the Year Award, naming Simone Biles Female Athlete of the Year and LeBron James Male Athlete of the Year. Earlier this year, Biles became the first woman to win four Olympic Gold medals in a single Olympics Games since 1984. She would become only the fifth gymnast to win this honor.
According to AP News, Biles received 31 out of 59 votes, beating out U.S. Olympic Katie Ledecky and Serena Williams.
Tuesday, she tweeted a response to some of the cyber bullying she’s been experiencing around body-shaming. “You all can judge my body all you want, but at the end of the day it’s MY body,” she wrote. “I love it and I’m comfortable in my skin.”
In November she released her memoir, Courage To Soar: A Body In Motion, A Life in Balance. The book expands upon her life growing up in Spring, Texas, winning 19 medals, 14 being gold, and how she relied on her faith and family to do what she loves.
Not too long ago, she opted out of a verbal commitment to join UCLA’s gymnastic team in order to compete professionally. Her decision paid off. Congratulations to Simon Biles.