Gymnast Simone Biles has been named espnW’s Woman of the Year, topping the 2016 IMPACT25 list, a who’s who of 25 athletes and influencers who have made the biggest difference in women in sports this year. Biles’ distinction was announced this morning on SportsCenter: Coast to Coast by host Cari Champion in an exclusive interview with the gymnast, who will also appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s upcoming year-end issue. Biles is coming off an incredible year in which she won her fourth consecutive gymnastics all-around national title, five Olympic medals, including golds in the Team and the All-Around competitions, and published a memoir.
As a tribute to the IMPACT25, espnW commissioned essays from family members, fellow athletes, luminaries and contemporaries who know – or have been inspired by — the honorees. All essays can be found at espnW.com/IMPACT25. In addition to Biles, members of the 2016 IMPACT25 list include:[…]