Congratulations to Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe who received a memorable award of the Presidential … See details

Congratulations to Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe who received a memorable award of the Presidential ... See details

 

Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe received an award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The gymnast and footballer were honoured alongside actor Denzel Washington and Steve Jobs.

Gymnast Simone Biles and football player Megan Rapinoe received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, on Thursday.

 

US president Joe Biden presented the award to 17 individuals including Biles, Rapinoe, actor Denzel Washington and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was honoured posthumously.

 

 

“We see an extraordinary group of Americans here,” said Biden, who said that this week, which marked Independence Day on July 4, served as a reminder of what unites the US as a nation, that being the defence of a “freedom that shines like the sun to illuminate the future of the world”.

 

Congratulations to Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe who received a memorable award of the Presidential ... See details

Biles, 25, needed little introduction. She is the most decorated gymnast in US history, with 32 Olympic and world medals, and adds to her athletic achievements her activism on behalf of the mental health and safety of athletes, children in foster care and victims of sexual abuse.

 

She was one of hundreds of athletes who accused Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse and exposed a system that allowed the coach to use his position to take advantage of them.

“She speaks for those who cannot,” Biden said during the ceremony.

 

 

Another of Thursday’s recipients was, Megan Rapinoe, who is the captain of the US women’s national football team. Rapinoe has also led the US team to a win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Apart from on field success, Rapinoe is a LGBT rights activist, and was celebrated for her efforts on and off the field and her fight for pay equity.

 

 

Congratulations to Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe who received a memorable award of the Presidential ... See details

The Presidential Medal of Freedom honours individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or security of the United States.

 

 

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