Simon Biles Named Time’s Athlete of the Year

2016 U.S. Olympic gymnast Simon Biles poses at The Hollywood Reporter’s 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast at MILK Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Time magazine named Team USA gymnast Simone Biles the 2021 Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

Biles took a mental health break during the Tokyo Olympics this summer before returning to compete in the balance beams finals, winning a bronze medal for her seventh career medal at the Games. She also won silver as part of the team competition in Tokyo.

“At that point, it was no longer about medaling, but about getting back out there,” Biles told Time. “I wanted to compete at the Olympics again and have that experience that I came for. I didn’t really care about the outcome. On that beam, it was for me.”

The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro celebrates gymnast Simone Biles being named Time Magazine’s Athlete of the Year despite backlash from critics who say she quit. Can winners be quitters? Also, are transgender athletes only acceptable if they’re not winning? Listen below:

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