Another young woman has joined the ranks of great Black gymnasts, and you won’t believe you haven’t heard of her before.
If anyone asks you to name a Black female gymnast, you’ll either peg Gabby Douglas or Dominique Dawes. There’s one more that needs to be on your radar, though.
You may not recognize the name Simone Biles right now, but you’re going to be hearing a lot about her over the months leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. For starters, Reuters reports that she’s the gymnast that just snagged the award for Sportswoman of the Year (Individual) this week alongside Olympic ice dancer and “Dancing with the Stars” champ Meryl Davis.
If her status as a world champion is any indication, Simone’s worked very hard to be the best gymnast in the entire world. Before receiving the Sportswoman of the Year, Slate.com reports that she won four gold medals at the world championships. With last year’s tally of six gold medals, she’s now won more gold than any other individual female gymnast at the world championships since 1974.
Check out her beam routine below!
Citing Gabby as one of her inspirations, Simone said while accepting the award, “To be recognized with the award is unbelievable.”