Simone Biles To Compete With Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, And More For Prestigious Award

Published 10/28/2021, 12:19 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States reacts during the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Simone Biles has had a roller-coaster of a year in 2021. The 24-year-old fulfilled her longstanding dream of conducting her own tour, the Gold Over America Tour, this year.

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At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she secured the third place on the balance team and second place with the U.S. team. However, notably, Simone withdrew herself from several events at the Olympics due to mental health concerns and her brave step became headline news across the world.

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The star athlete has now been nominated for the 2021 People’s Choice Award and will be competing with several big names for the award.

Simone Biles nominated for the 2021 People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Awards have recently announced the nominations for various awards. People can now start voting for their favorites and increase their chances of winning.

Each category will have 8 nominees fighting for the award. There are several categories of awards, one of which is the Game Changer of 2021 category, under which Biles has been nominated.

Deservedly so, keeping in mind how Simone Biles bravely put forward her stance at the Olympics this year. She took a step back and put herself ahead of her passion. She knew she needed a break. With this, she inspired thousands around the world to prioritize themselves.

She spoke publicly about an important topic that people avoid, “mental health”. Simone’s actions made clear the amount of pressure athletes have on their shoulders.

Other nominees for the award are legends like Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, as well as NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes. It will be interesting to see who takes the award home.

I decided to pull out: Biles

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Through an interview, Biles decided to throw light on her feelings about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Amidst the Olympics, she decided to withdraw and focus on her mental well-being.

USA’s Simone Biles reacts after taking bronze in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

“I definitely had the team in my best interest, and that’s why I decided to pull out,” she said. Simone did not want to lose a medal spot for the team and the country.

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“I didn’t want to potentially lose a medal spot for them. Because the girls were more than prepared to go in and to do their job, which they did,” she added. Her brave step let people around the world know that it was okay to take a step back to focus on yourself.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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