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Gabby Douglas & Alex Morgan named Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2012 Sportswomen of the Year!

Gabby Douglas & Alex Morgan named Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2012 Sportswomen of the Year!

Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, Winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award (Individual Sport)

Gabby Douglas (l) with Jeanette Jenkins – ‘The Hollywood Trainer’

Gabrielle Douglas received the prominent Sportswoman of the Year Award for an individual sport, given to an individual sport athlete who exhibits exceptional performances over a 12-month time span. After helping the U.S. to team gold at the 2011 World Championships in October, Douglas won the gold medal on the uneven bars in March at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, where she also helped the USA to the team title.

In June, she won the gold medal on the uneven bars, silver medal in the all-around and bronze medal on the floor exercise at the 2012 Visa Championships. Just a few weeks later, Douglas won the all-around title at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics, earning an automatic spot on the women’s Olympic Team. Following that stellar performance, Douglas quickly became a household name during the 2012 Olympic Games. Douglas was an integral part of the effort to win the team gold medal at the London Olympic Games, where the USA easily won the team title and became known as The Fierce FiveSM. The 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is just the fourth U.S. woman and the first African-American to win the coveted Olympic all-around title.

Past winners include Yani Tseng, Erin Popovich, Natalie Coughlin, Michelle Kwan and Gail Devers.  This year, the winner was selected based on a total score collected by the public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee. Public votes were captured via the Women’s Sports Foundation

Alex Morgan, Winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award (Team Sport)

Alex Morgan

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team forward Alex Morgan was awarded the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award for a team sport, given to an individual athlete in a team sport who exhibits exceptional performances over a 12-month time span. Morgan had an extraordinary year and proved to be an indispensable part of the U.S. Team at the 2012 Olympic Games where she scored the winning goal in the semifinal match against Canada in the third and final minute of extra time at the end of the second overtime period, sending the United States to the gold medal match against Japan. It was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition.

In the final, a 2-1 win against Japan, Morgan assisted on a Carli Lloyd header for the first U.S. goal. Morgan scored three goals and had four assists in her first Olympic Games, also scoring twice against France. As the Team begins preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, U.S. fans are looking forward to watching Morgan continue to be a force on the international stage as the No. 1-ranked U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team looks to reclaim the World Cup trophy in North America.

Past winners include Abby Wambach, Venus and Serena Williams, Jessica Mendoza and Mia Hamm. This year, the winner was selected based on a total score collected by the public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee. Public votes were captured via the Women’s Sports Foundation website, www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.Cached

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