Go for the gold! The U.S. Olympic committee held its Team USA awards Thursday, Dec. 10, in Philadelphia, honoring the top athletes that will be competing in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, come August 2016. The winners were decided by fans and the Olympic/Paralympic family, which includes national governing body representatives and journalists.
The Female Olympic Athlete of the Year (presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods) is 18-year-old gymnast Simone Biles.
Biles has such potential, her teammate (and three-time Olympic medalist) Alexandra Raisman suspects the rising star will be following in her post-Olympics footsteps.
“I’m sure Simone will do [Dancing With the Stars] after,” the 22-year-old told Us. “I feel like Simone will be the next girl. She definitely wants to do it, I think, and I think she would be great at it. She has a really great personality.”
For Male Olympic Athlete of the Year, 27-year-old wrestler Jordan Burroughs took the honors. And the Olympic Team of the Year (presented by Dow) went to the U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Team — which includes players Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Hope Solo.
The fan-voted award winners also included honors for Paralympians. The Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year went to Tatyana McFadden, a 26-year-old track and field star who has won 10 Paralympic medals. The Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year went to 47-year-old three-time Paralympic medalist cyclist Joe Bereyni. For the Paralympic Team of the Year, the U.S. National Sled Hockey team took home top honors.
The awards, which took place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall, will air on Dec. 27 on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. To learn more about all the Olympic hopefuls, visit TeamUsa.org. The Olympics begin on Aug. 5, 2016, on NBC’S networks. The Paralympics will begin on Sept. 7, 2016, and will also air on NBC networks.
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