Simone Biles is awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award… as four-time Olympic gold medalist becomes the youngest EVER to receive the honour with 32 gymnastics titles and mental health awareness contribution
- Simone Biles has been awarded BBC SPOTY Lifetime Achievement Awarded
- She is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all-time with 32 medals
- The American has won four gold medals at Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020
- The 24-year-old spoke about mental health after getting the ‘twisties’ in Tokyo
US gymnast Simone Biles has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist is widely considered one of the greatest and most successful gymnasts of all time with a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals.
At age 24, she is the youngest athlete to be honoured with the award and the fourth American behind Martina Navratilova, Michael Phelps and Billie Jean King.
In 2018, Biles became the most-decorated female gymnast in World Championships history when she won four golds, one silver, and one bronze to bring her career total at that competition to 20 medals.
The Texan continued to smash records in 2019 as she became the first gymnast in more than six decades to win five gold medals at the World Championship, becoming the most successful gymnast ever in the competition’s history.
After competing at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021, Biles has won four gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
The BBC have now recognised her success with the Lifetime Achievement award and Biles said she was thankful for the ‘wonderful honour’.
‘The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award is truly humbling,’ she said.