What’s the primary difference between good and great? Making the great attainable, a feat that is not easy, but absolutely possible. Why is it possible? Because movers and shakers like Simone Biles let us know it is.

2016 has been a POWERFUL year for Biles and our Power Issue Cover star can now add another honor to her already incredible list of accomplishments: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

AP reports that in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.

While the 20-year-old has every reason to rest on her accomplishments, her humility is a sign that she’s just getting started.

“To me, it still feels normal because it’s what I do,” she told us for our #EBONYPower100 issue. “I feel privileged and honored to go out there and represent the United States every single time.”


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Melissa Kimble is the Senior Social Media Manager for the EBONY brand. An advocate for Black Creatives via #blkcreatives, you can connect with her on Twitter at @Melissa_Kimble.