Looking for a person to root for during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics? Certified star-gymnast Simone Biles should be your top pick.
Over the past week, 18-year-old Simone has made history. At the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, she became the first woman to win three gold medals back to back in the all-around portion. But she wasn’t done. On Sunday, the Ohio native finished out the last day of the competition by winning her tenth gold medal at a world championship, which also marks her 14th medal overall and is yet another U.S record. She’s certainly in the midst of cementing her place in history as one of the greatest American gymnasts of all time.
She helped Team USA win the team gold medal last Wednesday as well, saying, “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet…But I know what I’ve achieved, and what I’ve achieved is, like, pretty unbelievable.”
Biles is not yet well-known. But all of that will change in eight months when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics begin. With her down-to-earth and bubbly personality, she should be a media darling. The U.S. team this time around may be even stronger than the Fierce Five. Gabby Douglas is returning, Madison Kocian’s uneven bar skills are unmatched, and Maggie Nichols holds her own on the floor.
At this rate, you may get tired of hearing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as the Americans (and Biles) plan to dominate.
SOURCE: USA Today | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube
10 Black Celebrity Women Who Are Changing The Game (PHOTOS)
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1. Everyone knows Oprah has been making history for almost 30 years. In 2015, she’s the first black female producer to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards for “Selma.”
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2. Lupita Nyong’o’s life has been a whirlwind in the past couple of years. In 2014, after winning an Oscar, she made history as the first Black woman to represent a major beauty brand with Lancome.
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3. Uzo is the new black! Uzo Aduba made history in 2015 as the first black woman to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Comedy Actress for her role as Crazy Eyes in “OITNB.”
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4. The Queen of making history has done it once again. Beyonce is the most Grammy Award-nominated female artist in history. Check for her again at this week’s ceremony.
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5. Viola Davis has been working her way up the A-List ladder for years. She recently made history as the first black woman to win the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Shonda Rimes’ “How To Get Away With Murder.”
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6. Kerry Washington gave the term ‘Scandalous’ a whole new meaning. In 2013, the actress became the first black woman to be nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.
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7. Keke Palmer has grown up right before our eyes. The 21-year-old became the first African American Cinderella on Broadway and snagged her very own talk show.
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8. Quvenzhane Wallis made history as the youngest person ever nominated for the Best Actress Oscar when she was 9-years-old.
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9. The term TGIT was coined because of the genius writing of Shonda Rhimes. She became the first Black woman to create and executive produce three top-ten network series and soon, she will add another.
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10. After the success of her timely film “Selma,” Ava DuVernay made history as the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe.
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