Greatest woman athlete: Simone Biles or Mia Hamm? | The Tylt
Greatest woman athlete: Simone Biles or Mia Hamm?
From multisport athletes to dominating specialists, women have contributed so much to sports. For so long, women were discouraged to participate in sports because it was deemed too rough on their bodies. Fortunately, there are women who continue to break the mold, redefining what dominance looks like and breaking glass ceilings for others.
We at the Tylt want to honor the women who trailblazed and carved out their place on the top, even in the face of adversity. Let us know who you think is the greatest female athlete ever!
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Simone Biles resume reads like a cargo manifest of precious metal. There has never been a more accomplished gymnast in any era.
In a sport where most women retire after their teenage years, Biles continues to dominate even after she's achieved all that she can. Since 2013, Biles has racked up 14 gold medals at the Gymnastics World Championships, four coming in 2018 after passing a kidney stone before the competition.
Her Olympic record is also impeccable, grabbing four golds and a bronze. And the scary thing: she's not even done. With just two years until the 2020 Games in Tokyo, she's still one of the top gymnasts in the United States and another Team USA selection seems inevitable.
Today, the United States women are a powerhouse in soccer. But the team would not be where it is without Mia Hamm.
Her international career got started off with a bang at 19 years old at the first Women's World Cup in 1991, where she scored the game-winning goal against Sweden in the United States' first game of the tournament. The Americans would go on to win that tournament, along with the 1999 World Cup. Her success was not limited to the World Cup, as Hamm also won two gold medals in soccer at the 1996 and 2004 Olympics. By the time she hung up her cleats, she scored the most international goals ever for a woman and was the catalyst for millions of girls playing soccer—a trend that continues to this day.
Not only is she the greatest athlete, but she may also be the most impactful athlete ever as well.