Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year

Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year
Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the balance beam in the women's apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) (Source: Matthias Schrader)

(AP) - Gymnast Simone Biles is the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year.

The reigning world and Olympic champion edged U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe for the honor in a vote among AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.

The 22-year-old is the first gymnast to win the award twice and the first to do it in a non-Olympic year. She was named the Athlete of the Year in 2016 after winning four gold medals at the Rio Olympics.

Biles is preparing for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and says she’s eager to finish her career with a flourish.

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