Soccer world champion Megan Rapinoe and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles are honored with the highest civilian honor in the USA.
The two top athletes are to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Joe Biden in the White House on July 7. Rapinoe, who has campaigned for women’s rights for years, will be the first footballer to receive this award.
“The moment I spoke to the President, I was completely blown away and I still am,” Rapinoe said. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected by President Biden for this award. I feel that way inspired and motivated as ever to continue this long history of struggle for the freedoms of all people.”
The Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, to world peace, or to other significant societal, public, or private endeavors.