New York, NY – Dec. 20th, 2016 ~ Simone Biles who laid claim to the title “Greatest Gymnast Ever” with her 2016 Rio Olympics performance, was named WSEN’s Athlete of the Year. Biles, who is already the most decorated U.S. gymnast, cemented her place in history with her Olympic debut in Rio.
A three-time world and national all-around champion with 14 total world championship medals, the only thing missing from Biles’ trophy case was an Olympic medal. Not any more. With her wins in Rio, Biles became the sixth woman to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
With four Olympic gold medals, Biles set an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games. Biles and her teammate Gabby Douglas are the only African American female U.S. gymnasts to win both the individual all-around gold and team gold at the same Olympic games. Douglas won both in the 2012 London games.
Biles took home a total of 5 Olympic medals. She won team gold, then also claimed all-around, floor exercise and vault. Biles completed her medal rush with a bronze in the balance beam.