Simone Biles named Sportswoman of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards15/02/2017
Four-time Rio Olympic champion Simone Biles (USA), who has been dominating Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in the past cycle, was named World Sportswoman of the Year at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony Tuesday night in Monaco.
The first gymnast to be decorated with this prestigious global honor since its inception in 2000, Biles received a stirring ovation as she collected her Laureus statuette on stage from Gymnastics legend and Laureus World Sports Academy member Nadia Comaneci and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.
"Wow ! I am so speechless. It’s an honour to receive this award from Prince Albert and Nadia Comaneci. I looked up to her for so many years," Biles said. "I want to thank the Academy so much for this award, which really means a lot. This award isn’t only for me. I think it’s for all the other nominees in the category. We went through depths to get to where we are. We have all achieved so much. So thank you so much."
Biles was nominated in her categoy along with Olympians and fellow Americans Katie Ledecky (swimming) and Allyson Felix (athletics), as well as the German former world tennis No.1 Angelique Kerber, Jamaican sprint star Elaine Thompson and British cyclist Laura Kenny. Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy select the winner by voting in a secret ballot.
Winners in the other categories are:
Sportsman of the Year – Usain Bolt (JAM), Athletics
Team of the Year – Chicago Cubs, Baseball
Comeback of the Year – Michael Phelps (USA), Swimming
Breakthrough of the Year - Nico Rosberg (GER), Formula One
Action Sportsperson of the Year - Rachel Atherton (GBR), Downhill Mountain Bike Racing
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability - Beatrice Vio (ITA), Wheelchair Fencing
Best Sporting Moment – Barcelona Under-12 team, Football
Spirit of Sport - Leicester City F.C., Football
Sport for Good– Waves of Change
Sporting Inspiration - Refugee Olympic Team
The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honoring remarkable individuals from the world of sport along with the greatest sporting achievements seen throughout the year. It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont. The first ceremony was held on May 25, 2000 in Monte Carlo with Nelson Mandela as its first patron.