Simone Biles Voted Female Athlete Of The Year

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was voted the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

In a vote Monday by U.S. editors and news directors the 19-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast came away with 31 votes out of a total of 59 to get the top honor, adding one more win to her list of many in 2016. (RELATED: Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles To Release Autobiography This Fall)

Simone Biles of USA celebrates winning gold in the women's gymnastics individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

(photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

Biles is only the fifth gymnast ever to take home the honor, joining Olga Korbut in 1972, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, Mary Lou Retton in 1984, and Gabby Douglas in 2012.

Last month,  the young star released an auto-biography called “Courage to Soar” that looked back at her young years of aspiring to be one of the best gymnasts in the world and tracked her accomplishment of that goal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (RELATED: Simone Biles Carried The American Flag At The Closing Ceremonies Of The Olympics)

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Preliminary - Women's Qualification - Subdivisions - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's qualifications. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

(photo: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

At the summer Olympics, she took home four gold medals for the U.S. gymnastics team along with a bronze. During the closing ceremony she was picked to carry the American flag, making her the first gymnast to do so since 1936. She talked about what a great honor it was and how the whole experience in Brazil was like a “dream come true.”

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles said. “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”

Flag bearer Simone Biles of United States walks during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“Every single day that I’ve had here has been like a dream come true and it just keeps on getting better.”

The gymnast has said she plans to take a break from competition for a while before making a decision about whether to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coming in second place for athlete of the year was Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Team Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's team final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

(photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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