In addition to her nomination for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Sportswoman of the Year, three-time U.S. and World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, is now one of 12 candidates for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. Fans can vote for Biles for the SI nomination by clicking here and for the USOC’s award at TeamUSA.org/Awards.
Voting for the USOC wraps up on Friday, Nov. 20 and for the SI nomination on Dec. 12.
Biles has had a tremendous year, breaking numerous U.S. and World records. Here’s a quick summary of her accomplishments, including her record-breaking stint at the recent 2015 World Championships. The USOC award goes from Nov. 1, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2015. The SI nomination is for the 2015 calendar year.
- First woman to win 10 career World Gymnastics Championships gold medals. Biles had six going into the 2015 World Championships, where she added four golds – team, all-around, balance beam and floor exercise.
- First woman to win three straight World Championship all-around titles.
- First woman to earn four gold medals at consecutive World Championships.
- First U.S. gymnast, male or female, to garner 14 career World medals, easily exceeding the previous record of 10 held by Alicia Sacramone. Her 14 World medals ties her for third on the women’s World all-time medalist list.
- World Championships medals added in the last two years to her 2013 haul of four medals (gold – all-around and floor exercise; silver – vault; and balance beam – bronze.
- 2015 Worlds (5): gold – team, all-around, beam and floor; and bronze – vault.
- 2014 Worlds (5): gold – team, all-around, beam and floor; and silver – vault.
- First U.S. woman to win three consecutive U.S. all-around titles (2013-15) in 23 years.
- U.S. national titles and medals won in 2015.
- Gold –all-around, vault and balance beam
- Silver – floor exercise
- 2015 AT&T American Cup champion
- Has won every all-around competition she has entered since the 2013 P&G Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, in August 2013. Other accomplishments during 2015 are listed below.
- Jesolo (Italy) Trophy – team, all-around, vault, balance beam and floor gold
- Secret U.S. Classic – all-around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise gold.
The other finalists for the SI Sportsman of the Year are: Usain Bolt, track and field; Thomas Davis, football; Novak Djokovic, tennis; Carli Lloyd, soccer; Lionel Messi, soccer; American Pharaoh, racehorse; Ronda Rousey, MMA; Kansas City Royals, baseball team; Jordan Spieth, golf; and Serena Williams, tennis.
The other nominees for the USOC’s women’s award are: Adeline Gray, wrestling; Gwen Jorgensen, triathlon; Katie Ledecky, swimming; and Serena Williams, tennis.
In addition to the women’s award, the other five categories for Team USA Awards to honor athletes and teams of the year are: Male Olympic Athlete of the Year; Olympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow; Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods; Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year; and Paralympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow. The complete list of finalists is available at TeamUSA.org/Awards.
Formerly known as the USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year awards, the honors began in 1974. The impressive and diverse collection of past winners – from Carl Lewis (track and field) and Bonnie Blair (speedskating) to Michael Phelps (swimming) and Jessica Long (Paralympic swimming) – represent nearly 30 sports on the summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic programs. Their collective accomplishments tell the inspiring story of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout history.