At this year’s Laureus Sport Awards, held at Abu Dhabi on Monday, Spain’s Tennis World Number 1 Rafael Nadal and USA’s Skiing Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn bagged the top honors of ‘Sportsman’ and ‘Sportswoman’ of the year, respectively.
Hosted by Hollywood’s double Oscar winner actor Kevin Spacey, the event was attended by top celebrities from the sports and entertainment industries.
Vonn made it an American double by winning the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award after a stellar year in which she secured her third straight skiing World Cup and the Olympic Downhill gold medal. Kelly Slater was presented with the Laureus Action Sports Award for the third time, after winning a record tenth World Surfing Championship.
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Rafael Nadal, Lindsey Vonn top Laureus awards (3news.co.nz)
LWSA 2011 Nominees For The Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams, Lindsey Vonn & Kim Clijsters amongst the nominees for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the year award.
ABU DHABI, January 11, 2011 – At three press conferences held in Abu Dhabi, Madrid and Munich today, a glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars were revealed to have been nominated for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards. Following a nomination process that involved the leading sports journalists from across the globe, the announcement of contenders such as Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadal and Lindsey Vonn suggests the 2011 awards could be one of the most exciting and closely contested ever.
Three-time Laureus winner Serena Williams is nominated once again for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award after winning two Grand Slam titles in 2010. Also short-listed are two other tennis players, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters and Denmark’s world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki, American ski star Lindsey Vonn and athletes Jessica Ennis of Britain and Croatian high jump sensation Blanka