Simone Biles attempted to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like only your regular conventional gymnastics meet. So imagine a scenario in which the stage and the stakes were distinctive.
The floor was still the same floor. The vault still the same vault. The uneven bars still were uneven. The balance beam still a four-inch broad test of nerves.
What’s more, the 19-year-old with the mesmerizing smile and endless ability was still the best on the planet. Perhaps the best ever.
Through the span of 10 days in August, the greatest meet of her career finished like essentially all the others in the four years that preceded it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary pushing routine at a time staring up at her. Not that she recollects any of it.
Biles said that”It’s kind of a blur”.
Perhaps to Biles, however to the rest of the world. Her huge pull in Rio de Janeiro – a record of four golds and a bronze for the dominant U.S. women’s team- pushed her to fame and rendered her last name pointless. Presently there’s one more honor to include to what Twitter is referred to just as #SimoneThings: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
In a vote by U.S. editors and news chiefs reported Monday, Biles got 31 votes out of a conceivable 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, completed second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP ladies’ NCAA ball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.
The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be reported, later Today.