Simone Biles named 2020 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

By Patricia Duffy | February 17, 2020
Biles Named 2020 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year
Courtesy Laureus

Olympic, World, and U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles was named the 2020 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year for the third time on Monday.

The world’s sports media selected the highest achieving men, women, and teams from 2019 as the nominees for the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards, the world’s pre-eminent international sports awards.

Other Sportswoman of the Year nominees included Allyson Felix (track), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price (track), Naomi Osaka (tennis), Megan Rapinoe (soccer) and Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing).

Biles won the Sportswoman of the Year honors in 2017 and 2019.

Simone Biles 2019 in Review:

  • Won five gold medals at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships
    • Including World titles for the team, all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise
    • Brought total World Medals in her career to 25 (19 gold, three silver, three bronze), which is two more than any gymnast in history
    • Most World gold medals at 19
  • Biles competed two skills never performed by a female gymnast in competition, both of which are now named in her honor.
    • Tucked double-double dismount off beam
    • Tucked triple-double on floor
  • Won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2019 U.S. Championships
    • Gold in the all-around and on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise
    • Bronze on the uneven bars
  • Named AP Female Athlete of the Year, Team USA’s Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and the People’s Choice Game Changer

What are your predictions for Simone Biles in 2020?