USWNT’s Rapinoe Presented with Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles and soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

“Today, she adds to her medal count,” Biden said, introducing Biden, a former foster child whose 32 Olympic and World Championship medals make her the most decorated American gymnast in history.

“I don’t know how you’re going to find room,” joked Biden, for another medal. The 25-year-old is an advocate for athlete’s mental health, foster care children and sexual assault victims. Biden said she is also the youngest person to receive the medal.

Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup football champion, captains the OL Reigns in the National Women’s Football League. She is a leading advocate for gender pay equality, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights.

Simone Biles, 25, became the youngest person to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to Joe Biden. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

Biden said he was the first football game to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The 17 recipients of the honor “have overcome significant barriers to achieving impressive achievements in the arts and sciences, have dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and to their communities and around the world.” Bravely worked to bring change. For generations to come,” the White House said.

It was the first time Biden had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He concluded the ceremony by declaring, “This is America.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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