Simone Biles receives the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Personality of the Year
Simone Biles receives the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award … a four-time Olympic gold medalist, she is the youngest ever to receive the honor with 32 gymnastics titles and a contribution to mental health awareness
- Simone Biles received the BBC SPOTY Lifetime Achievement Award
- With 32 medals, she is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time
- The American won four gold medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020
- The 24-year-old spoke about mental health after getting the Twisties in Tokyo
US gymnast Simone Biles received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The four-time Olympic champion is one of the greatest and most successful gymnasts of all time with a total of 32 Olympic and World Cup medals.
At the age of 24, she is the youngest athlete to receive the award and the fourth American behind Martina Navratilova, Michael Phelps and Billie Jean King.
In 2018, Biles became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history when she won four gold, one silver and one bronze medals, taking her career to 20 medals in that competition.
The Texan continued to break records in 2019 when she became the first female gymnast in more than six decades to win five gold medals at the World Cup, making her the most successful female gymnast of all time in the history of the competition.
After the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2021, Biles won four gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
The BBC has now recognized her success with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Biles said she was grateful for the “wonderful honor”.
“The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award is really humbling,” she said.
Simone Biles is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year
With 32 medals, the American is one of the greatest gymnasts of all time
She is the third American to win after Martina Navratilova (R) and Billie Jean King (L).
âWhen I see these names honored before me, I can hardly believe it.
âThis year wasn’t quite the year I was expecting as I had to take a step back from competition to recover from an invisible injury.
âThis was the hardest decision of my life, but I decided to raise my voice to show that mental health problems are not something to be ashamed of.
âI want to thank my teammates, my friends and my family who have given me so much love and strength.
âI will continue to fight for what I believe in and for the sport to be a safe place for young people to grow and prosper.
‘Thank you again for this truly wonderful honor and what it represents.’
Biles had to take a step back at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Texan had to withdraw from five finals in Tokyo and said she had the “Twisties”
All eyes were on Biles that summer as she drove to her second Olympics with great expectations.
But unfortunately she had to pull out of five finals and said she had the “twisties” – a dangerous mental block in which gymnasts lose their bearings in the air.
However, Biles returned to compete on the balance beam, where she won bronze and secured silver on the women’s team.
“Very proud of Simone,” said Biles’ mother, Nellie. âVery proud of their achievement. Very proud to have received this award. Unbelievable.
âThis is someone who has been through many struggles, like any of us, and this is someone who is not ashamed to talk about the struggles they have been through.
But the 24-year-old returned and won bronze on the balance beam and silver in the women’s team
The US gymnast in action on the balance beam at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
“What Simone is doing right now opens the door to so many, many people around the world.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said, âSimone’s passion and dedication to gymnastics have brought her and the sport to a wider audience around the world.
âWhat she has achieved on the greatest stages has confirmed her as one of the greatest of all time, representing the sport.
âThat she named four gymnastic arts after her shows how much influence she had.
“It is an honor to present Simone with the Lifetime Achievement Award 2021.”