INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2013 – 2013 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon’s Gymnastix, Inc., and 2013 World vault silver medalist Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), have been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s October Female and Male Athletes of the Month, respectively. In addition, the U.S. World Championships team has been nominated as the Team of the Month. Fans can vote by clicking here. Voting ends Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. ET.
Biles became the seventh U.S. woman – and second consecutive – to win the all-around gold medal at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Biles also claimed the floor exercise gold medal, the vault silver medal and the balance beam bronze medal. She also became the first African-American to win the all-around gold medal and the first U.S. woman to compete in all four apparatus finals since Shannon Miller in 1991.
Legendre won the silver medal in men’s vault at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Legendre’s performance marked the first world championships vault medal for a U.S. man since 1979. His medal helped improve the U.S. medal tally to 12 overall – the most for the U.S. at a single world championships.
Team USA hauled in a historic 12 medals (three golds, six silvers, three bronzes) to claim the overall medal count at the 2013 FIG World Artistic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. The medal haul marks the most in U.S. history. Simone Biles (Spring, Texas) and Kyla Ross (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) went one-two in women’s all-around, while McKayla Maroney (Long Beach, Calif.) successfully defended her vault world title. Jake Dalton (Reno, Nev.) claimed the silver medal in men’s floor exercise, while Steven Legendre (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) earned the vault silver medal.