Simone Biles isn’t letting the naysayers spoil her latest achievement. This week, the 25-year-old Greater Houston resident became the youngest person to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation’s highest civilian honor, the medal is awarded to individuals who “have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other societal, public endeavors or significant private,” the White House said.
President Joe Biden presented the award to Biles and 16 others during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday. The moment was widely celebrated on social media, including by Biles who wrote that she was “honored and grateful” to be recognized by the president and felt “shocked”.