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Voting Ends Today As Simone Biles, Other Team USA Stars Go For People’s Choice Awards

By Chrös McDougall | Oct. 23, 2020, 4:22 p.m. (ET)

Simone Biles reacts after her routine at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships  on Oct. 12, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

With the 2020 Olympics postponed until next year, Team USA fans can make sure at least one of their favorite stars ends this year unlike any other with some hardware.

Gymnastics star Simone Biles is among five U.S. athletes nominated for the honor of “The Game Changer of 2020” at the E! People's Choice Awards, for which voting ends tonight. Fans can make their picks on the event’s website, and winners will be announced on the broadcast on Nov. 15.

Biles, a five-time world all-around champion who is looking to add to her four Olympic gold medals next summer in Tokyo, is the defending champion in the category, and she joins a Team USA-heavy lineup of nominees including basketball stars Sabrina Ionescu, LeBron James and Michael Jordan, and tennis icon Serena Williams. NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, tennis player Naomi Osaka and football quarterback Russell Wilson round out the eight nominees.

James is also nominated for “The Social Celebrity of 2020,” while Jordan could be represented as part of “The Show of 2020” for the 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” chronicling his final season with the Chicago Bulls.

Biles beat out another all-star field to become last year’s “Game Changer,” that time getting the nod over James, Williams, Megan Rapinoe and others. The 23-year-old gymnast was expected to one of Team USA’s biggest stars in Tokyo; instead all of her planned competitions for 2020 were canceled due to the coronavirus.

Of the other 2020 “Game Changer” nominees, Williams is the next most decorated Olympian with four gold medals, while James has two golds and a silver. Ionescu, meanwhile, could make her Olympic debut in Tokyo, possibly in the 3x3 discipline that will make its own Olympic debut in 2021.

Jordan, the only nominee who is no longer competing, won Olympic gold in 1984 and then with the Dream Team in 1992.

Chrös McDougall

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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