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Simone Biles named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People annual list, which was released on Thursday.

Others joining the four-time Rio gold medalist include Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick, Ivanka Trump, Margot Robbie and Alicia Keys.

At the Rio Games, Biles won the gold medal in the all-around, team, vault and floor exercise, and a bronze medal on balance beam. Since the Games, Biles has been busy, as she opened the introduction prior to this year’s Super Bowl and is currently a contestant on this season’s Dancing With The Stars.

Leslie Jones, an actress and regular on Saturday Night Live, wrote a short essay on Biles, where she talked about Biles’ innate ability to just be “perfect” at everything.

“What struck me when I first saw Simone in Rio was how perfect she was at everything,” Jones wrote. “That girl was born to do what she does. And she is the best at it. Not the best black gymnast, not the best black-girl gymnast. The best gymnast. It really is inspiring. It’s like she’s sending a message to everyone who’s watching: No matter what you’re going through in life or what your circumstances are, you still can be No. 1. You’ve just got to work hard.”

Jones went on to say how, at just 20-years-old, Biles is already a “very extraordinary person, and she’s going to be a very extraordinary grownup.”

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Biles will next appear on Dancing With The Stars Monday night.

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