Simone Biles Tops ‘Titan’ Category in Times Most Influential 100 List

Published 09/16/2021, 12:01 PM EDT
Simone Biles smiles at a teammate during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


After her historic Tokyo Olympics 2020, Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time. Biles clinched her record-breaking seventh Olympic victory at Tokyo. The 24-year-old now has seven Olympic medals, more than any American gymnast in history.

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Post Tokyo, Simone has become an inspiration for athletes around the world. As she took the bold step of withdrawing from the final event in Tokyo to safeguard her mental health. Adding to her achievements, Simone has now topped the ‘Titan’ category in Times World’s Most Influential People list.

Simone gets the recognition she deserves

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On the court and off the court, Simone has been setting a great example for the whole sports community. While she has spectacular moves when she is on the mat; off-court, Simone is respected and idolized for being her unapologetic self.

At Tokyo Olympics 2020, she backed out from the finals of the team event. Simone was aware if she had continued, she could have got hurt and she took the firm step for herself. Not only athletes, but even celebrities like Justin Bieber related to the mental pressure she must have felt.

FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics Artistic Training – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Simone Biles of the United States during training REUTERS/File Photo

Tennis legend, Serena Williams who herself is an inspiration for athletes around the world, wrote an essay about Biles in the magazine. Williams wrote, There’s something poetic about the way Simone Biles moves. She’s a master of precision, grace and dominance, and at the age of just 24, she has cemented herself as one of the most decorated American gymnasts of all time. “

Serena Williams praises Simone Biles

The legendary tennis player, Serena, has been a powerful example for women athletes. Williams has been through hurdles in her own life to reach where she is now.

She also mentioned in her essay on Biles, that she wishes she had Biles to look up to. “I wish I had her to look up to when I was younger and trying to realize my dreams,” she said. 

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States smiles during the Women’s Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Serena further praised Simone for her strength and contribution towards spreading awareness about mental health.

“By living her truth so loudly and by championing mental health, she is setting new standards of beauty, strength and resilience, breaking down today’s image-obsessed stereotypes and encouraging others to do the same. Simone is a shining example of what success looks like when you let go of what the world thinks and gather your strength from yourself … from your soul.”

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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