Gymnastic sensation Simone Biles has been nominated for the Laureus Awards 2022. Not to mention, the Laureus Awards are one of the most prestigious honors in the sports community. The awards celebrate sportspersons who have been exceptional in their field and are an inspiration to look up to.
That being said, Simone Biles is one of the significant choices for this year’s awards. Biles, who is just 25, has changed the face of gymnastics. With a total of 32 medals, she is the most decorated gymnast of the year. Despite facing setbacks in Tokyo, the champion stood tall against all odds, prioritized her mental health, and returned to the podium as well.
Simone Biles nominated for Laureus Awards 2022
Biles has been nominated for the “Comeback of the Year” Award, which intends to respect her noteworthy move at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The honor commends that large number of competitors who have crushed various chances to arrive at the top. Also, Biles is most certainly one of them.
In Tokyo, she opened up about the immense pressure and struggle she was under, ahead of her competition. So much so that Biles experienced an unfortunate case of the ‘twisties’. Regardless, she took a firm stand that has today helped people talk about a topic that was in dire need of the light.
She thanked the association for the nomination via her Instagram.
Along with Biles, swimming legend Tom Daley, skateboarder Sky Brown, cyclist Annemiek Van Vleutan and Mark Cavendish are also among the nominees. Biles congratulated them as well.
However, the awards will be held virtually because of the covid-19 pandemic. Notably, it is US Legend Lindsey Vonn who will host the awards.
Lindsey Vonn to host the 2022 Laureus Awards
Vonn herself is a winner of the Laureus Awards. In 2019, she received the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to mark the end of her phenomenal career. This year, the champion alpine skier will host the awards from Spain.
“This is going to be an incredible night for myself and for all the winners of these very special awards,” said Lindsey Vonn.
The fact that she has been on the receiving end herself makes her super excited to host these awards. There is, however, a requirement that all nominees must attend virtually and receive their awards by mail.