Today Sports Illustrated named Serena Williams their Sportsperson of the Year, despite her heartbreaking loss at the U.S. Open against Roberta Vinci this year. Serena went 53-3, winning three major titles and and grabbing her second Serena Slam.
Serena, who is the first female athlete to get the S.I. award since track star Mary Becker in 1983, is also positioned at the center of a couple different larger conversations in society today about women, race, and body image.
“This year was spectacular,” Serena Williams told S.I. “For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village — not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honored.”
Meanwhile, people on Twitter are irate that Serena won the award over that horse American Pharaoh. We’ll leave that one alone.