Simone Biles, the winner of the 2014 Individual Sportswoman of the Year award, is a gymnast without comparison; a break-the-mold athlete whose accolades in the past year have put her into an unparalleled class, and whose extraordinary talent has gymnastics experts and fans alike eagerly awaiting to see what she’ll achieve next.
Biles was named to her first World Championship team in August of 2013, winning the all-around title at the P&G Championships in Hartford and earning silver medals in the individual floor exercise, vault, beam and uneven bars.
The next month in Antwerp, Belgium, behind near-perfect performances on every apparatus, Biles became the first African-American gymnast and only the seventh American woman to win a World Championship all-around crown. She also earned gold in the individual floor exercise event after becoming the first woman to successfully perform a double layout half out – now officially named “The Biles” – in a World Championship or Olympic competition. She placed second in the vault, third on the balance beam and fourth in the uneven bars, and was the first female U.S. gymnast since Shannon Miller in 1991 to qualify for the all-around and four apparatus finals at a World Championships.
Now, with sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games, Biles continues to strive to take her game to new levels. In August 2014, she verbally committed to UCLA, announcing on Twitter that she would defer enrollment until after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Biles lives and trains in Spring, Texas, at the World Champions Centre, a gym owned and operated by her parents, under long-time coach Aimee Boorman.
Every year, at our Annual Salute to Women in Sports, we recognize an individual sport athlete and team sport athlete whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional. Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Nastia Liukin, Jessica Mendoza and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Simply put: our Sportswoman of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious in the game. Learn more here.