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With her dominant victory at the world championships in November, gymnast Simone Biles became the first woman to win four world all-around championships.
Afterward, she didn’t sound all that happy: “It just sucks that I did so bad and I still won.”
But that’s the kind of attitude that has made Biles the most dominant athlete in her sport and, according to ESPN, the most dominant athletes in all of sports in 2018.
Biles tops ESPN’s list of 2018’s most dominant athletes and is one of five women under the age of 25 to crack the top 10.
With a dominance rating of 3.248, Biles beat out a top five that includes distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, UFC fighter Daniel Cormier, golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, and swimmer Katie Ledeck.
“Biles unleashed a historic display of athleticism at the world championships, winning her record fourth all-around title by her largest margin yet, leading the U.S. team to gold, again by a record margin, and taking four other medals,” according to ESPN. “That made her the first U.S. gymnast to medal at every event at a world championship — and doing all that with a kidney stone, after spending the night before qualifying in the hospital. Not that you needed more, but she also ran the table at this year’s U.S. Classic, after taking a two-year hiatus from her four-golds-and-a-bronze triumph in Rio. She is truly unstoppable.”
The full list appears in ESPN The Magazine’s December/January issue.Read the full story at ESPN