Simone Biles named Time magazine's 2021 Athlete of the Year.

Time magazine announced the Olympic-winning gymnast and Houston native is its 2021 Athlete of the Year.

At age 24, Biles has become a light in the world through her contributions as an athlete, an advocate for mental wellness and a voice for victims of sexual abuse. 

Biles is credited with the creation of four new gymnastic skills. She is a role model for upcoming generations of professional gymnasts as the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport. Recognized for her powerful and gravity-defying movements, she has redefined our expectation of what's possible.

However, it has been moments of courageous vulnerability that have catapulted Biles into the spotlight in this year.

Her decision to back out of all but one competition at the Tokyo Olympics became an international discussion about mental health, sports culture and the exploitation of athletes.

Source: www.khou.com


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