NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Simone Biles, who won four golds at last week’s World Gymnastics Championships in China, including the all-around title, was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation on Wednesday.
Biles, 17, also won gold in the floor exercise and balance beam in addition to the women’s team title.
“I’m glad I’m not competing with her,” 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin told reporters before handing Biles the award at a gala dinner in New York marking the 40th anniversary of the organisation founded by Billie Jean King. Liukin said the powerful, 4ft-9in Biles figured to be hard to beat for 2016 Olympic gold in Rio.
“If she stays on this path, it’s very difficult for me to imagine that somebody could come close to where she is.”