Serena Williams has had a stellar year.
Not only has her incredible athleticism shined on the court, but her star power also soared.
Despite facing harsh body-shaming and a surprising Grand Slam upset in recent months, Williams was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.
On December 15, Williams accepted her award with a powerful, inspiring speech urging women everywhere to achieve their goals against all odds.
My hope by winning this award [is that I] can inspire many, many, many more women to stand right here on this podium and accept another Sportsperson of the Year. So yes, ladies, it can be done.
It's a message we can all take with us into the new year.