Entertainment Sports Simone Biles Wins Best Female Athlete at 2017 ESPY Awards Biles, Serena Williams, Candace Parker and Katie Ledecky were all nominated for best female athlete By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 12, 2017 10:54 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Simone Biles has been named the best female athlete at the 2017 ESPY Awards, besting some of sports’ fiercest competitors to nab the title. The Olympic gold medalist, 20, beat out tennis champion Serena Williams, WNBA star Candace Parker and record-breaking Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky. Biles follows WNBA star and former University of Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, who took the honor in 2016. “Every since Rio, it has been an amazing year and the best part of it all was meeting the young people. I want to thank you all for believing in me, it means the world to me. So, thank you,” she said in her acceptance speech after receiving her trophy from presenter Abby Wambach. Biles asserted her dominance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, taking gold in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around, floor and vault exercises. She also won team gold with the rest of the U.S. “Final Five,” and took home bronze in the balance beam. FROM PEN: Learn The Process Behind Time Selecting The 100 Most Influential People Also in attendance at the awards show were Biles’ Final Five teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian. The 25th annual ESPYS are broadcasting live on ABC Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.