Simone Biles follows Naomi Osaka and releases NFT collection

Simone Biles, the world’s most decorated gymnast, confirmed on Monday that she would be releasing the first batch of her non-fungible chip (NFT) collection today.

Superstar gymnast Simone Biles is set to join the list of athletes getting into the NFT business after confirming the release of her NFT collection. The seven-time U.S. all-around champion has had an illustrious career in her field, despite her withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics. She has won seven Olympic medals in the sport, making her only the second person to achieve this feat in the United States.

Biles’ NFT collection will be published by Autograph, an NFT platform co-led by Tom Brady and Internet entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt. Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in sports history, and his influence has been instrumental in the popularity of NFT in the sports world.

The NFT platform currently has several active stars, including World Golf Hall of Famer Tiger Woods. Derek Jeter, Tony Hawk and Wayne Gretzky are other iconic names on the list.

According to the press release detailing the announcement, Premier Editions of Simone Biles’ NFTs will be released today as part of The Preseason Access collection. The Signature Editions will arrive next Thursday and will feature the 19-time world gold medalist’s digital signatures, among other things. The first batch of the collection contains over 10,000 NFTs selling for $12. Items from the Simone Biles collection can be purchased on the DraftKings marketplace.

About the partnership with Autograph, Simone Biles said, “I want to diversify my creative skills and explore new ways and platforms to reach fans through collecting and digital art. I’m thrilled to be working with Autograph and bringing my perspective as an advisory board member. I’m honored to join a group of highly accomplished legends and big names […] and help lead the next generation of digital collecting for our fans.”

Last week, defending US Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka released her NFT collection with Autograph. The four-time Grand Slam singles champion also became a member of the advisory board.

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Across the entire NFT market, NFT’s month-to-date sales are on pace to hit $900 million, according to NFT analytics platform NonFungible.