That would be Simone Biles, the tumbling Texan who in just three years of competing has already won more world championship gold medals than any female gymnast in history. And now she’s a semifinalist for the James E. Sullivan Award for the second year in a row.
Biles, 18, joins a host of other big-name and just plain bigger semifinalists for the prestigious award that has been awarded annually since 1930 to the nation’s best amateur athlete. So, yeah, while she won’t have to take on pros like LeBron, Serena Williams or Tom Brady to win, she will be going up against the likes of college football greats Derrick Henry (this year’s Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama) and Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), as well as as NCAA hoops stars Ben Simmons (LSU) and Breanna Stewart (UConn), among others.
Our money’s on Biles, who’s never lost in international all-around competition. Ever. That’s so unheard of, it’s no wonder she wound up as part of the AJC’s ongoing Women’s History Month series. You can read all about the pint-sized phenom here, from what makes her a favorite in GIFs and in Rio at this summer’s Olympics to the angry bee that tried to spoil her awards ceremony in China a few years ago.
You can also take part in online semifinalist voting at www.aausullivan.org through Monday, March 14th. Finalists will be announced on March 17th, and the winner of the 86th Sullivan Award will be announced on April 10th.
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