Simone Biles Is AP’s Female Athlete of the Year

Another win.

Simone Biles, the 19-year-old gymnast who crushed the Olympics over the summer, has been named The Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year.

During the Olympics Biles won a record-tying four gold medals and a bronze. That was enough to propel her past another Olympic athlete—Katie Ledecky—for the number one spot. In a vote by AP editors and news directors, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59; Ledecky received 20.

“Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before 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,” wrote AP sports writer Will Graves, in a post announcing Biles’ win.

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