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Simone Biles named 2016 AP Athlete of the Year

CHAMPION: Simone Biles

SIMONE BILES was named the AP Female Athlete of the Year.

The Associated Press made the announcement on Monday, and revealed that the Olympic gold medalist received 31 of the 59 votes, while fellow Olympian Katie Ledecky placed second with 20 votes.

Biles won five medals—four golds and one bronze—in Rio de Janeiro this past summer. She was the first American gymnast to win three or more gold medals in one Olympics, and she was the first female gymnast with four golds since Romania's Ecaterina Szabo in 1984.

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