Simone Biles Named as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year

Athlete Simone Biles has been named the Female Athlete of the Year by the news outlet, Associated Press, and many will agree that it is a well-deserved honor. 

2019 is such a huge year for Biles, who not only added to her many awards but also became the most awarded Gymnast of all time with 25 world championship medals.

Simone Biles at a World Series game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on Oct. 23, 2019 in Texas | Photo: Getty Images

Simone Biles at a World Series game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on Oct. 23, 2019 in Texas | Photo: Getty Images

However, the year is ending on an even better note with the new honor bestowed upon Biles by AP. On December 26th, the news agency named the 26-year-old their Female Athlete of the year.

According to the Associated Press, the title is a well-deserved one as Biles's victory over the years is due to a combination of talent, hard work, and "a splash of ego."

A few months back, Biles had a flawless and exceptional performance at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

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The Gymnast made history at the event by landing the double-double dismount on the balance beam and triple-double on floor.

Although the honor given to Biles by AP is one well deserved, it is even more special because she is the first Gymnast to have the title twice and also the first to get it in a non-Olympic year.

The performance was so exceptional and nearly impossible that the triple-double landing was named after her. The honor will be the second of the type since she already has a floor element named after her.

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Apart from her exceptional talent and skill on the beam and floor, Biles is also an advocate for women who have been abused at some point in their lives. 

During the infamous sexual abuse scandal of Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, who is now convicted for being a serial child molester, Biles made sure she spoke up for the survivors. 

Simone Biles of the United States performs in the women's floor exercise on Oct. 13, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Simone Biles of the United States performs in the women's floor exercise on Oct. 13, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

While speaking to the Associated Press about her involvement and using her influence for good, she said,

"I realize now with the platform I have it will be powerful if I speak up and speak for what I believe in. It's an honor to speak for those that are less fortunate. So if I can be a voice for them in a positive manner, then, of course, I'm going to do whatever I can."

Although the honor given to Biles by AP is one well deserved, it is even more special because she is the first Gymnast to have the title twice and also the first to get it in a non-Olympic year.

Coming second right behind Biles is U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe and in third place is skiing star Mikaela Schiffrin.

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