The Laureus World Sports Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of sportsmen and sportswomen around the world, will return to Europe in 2016. The Awards will be hosted in Germany for the first time, held in Berlin on April 18, 2016.
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016 NOMINEES
KATIE LEDECKY- Swimming
At 18, she won five gold medals, broke three world records and was named female Swimmer of the Meet at the World Championships. She was also the first swimmer to achieve a clean sweep of 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metres freestyle in a major competition, lowering the 800m world record by 3.61 secs. She is also the current world record holder in the 400, 800 and 1,500m freestyle.
CARLI LLOYD – Soccer
First player to score three goals in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, during the United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan. She scored all the goals in the first 16 minutes as the American team won a record third title. She received the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament and the Silver Boot for her six goals. She also won the women’s Ballon d’Or/World Player of the Year Award.
SERENA WILLIAM – Tennis
Won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles to take her career Grand Slam total to 21, just one behind Steffi Graf and three behind Margaret Court. Her Wimbledon victory meant she held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. Won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2003 and 2010 and the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award in 2007.
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LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR 2016 NOMINEES
Awarded to the team that best demonstrates supreme performance and achievements – such as world, continental, international or national and major championship titles. The team of the year could represent a country, a province, a county, a state, a professional sporting body, franchise or club.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM
Led by head coach Jill Ellis, the United States won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for a record third time, beating Japan 5-2 in the final. Striker Carli Lloyd scored three goals in 16 minutes. She was awarded the Golden Ball as best player, the Silver Boot for scoring six goals in the tournament and the Ballon d’Or as women’s player of the year. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.
LAUREUS WORLD COMEBACK OF THE YEAR 2016 NOMINEE
Awarded to the sportsperson or team who has overcome injury, illness, adversity, disappointment or failure and risen back to triumph in the sporting arena. The Award may also mark a historic fightback by an individual or a team in a sporting event or series of sports events.
LINDSEY VONN – Skiing
After missing the 2014 Winter Olympics because of injury, she returned to competition in 2015, winning her seventh Downhill World Cup and her fifth Super G title. She now joins Ingemar Stenmark as the only skiers to reach 19 World Cup titles. Also set a new record for most women’s World Cup race wins, reaching 71 by the end of the year. Won Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2011.
LAUREUS WORLD ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2016 NOMINEE
Awarded to the sportsman or sportswoman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performanceand achievement in action sports in the qualifying year, such as winning world or national championships or the establishment of world records. Special recognition will go to those who push the limits of action sport even further than before by devising and executing new tricks and moves in competition.
CHLOE KIM – Snowboarding
At 14, became the youngest athlete in history to win a Winter X Games gold medal, when she took the Super Pipe title in Aspen, beating American legend Kelly Clark in the process. She had been too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but made a massive impact in 2015. The US magazine Time named her in their annual list of the ‘30 Most Influential Teens of 2015’.