Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year
Awarded for "the most remarkable women from the world of sport along with the greatest achievements fans have admired throughout the year."[1]
Location Monaco (2017)
Presented by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Simone Biles (USA)
Website laureus17.laureus.com/winners/

The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual women from the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects affecting 500,000 young people.[2] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[3] Nominations for the award come from the Laureus Nominations Panel which is composed of 2,000 journalists.[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then select the winner who is presented with a Laureus Statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[4] The award is considered highly prestigious and is frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of an "Oscar".[5][6][7]

The inaugural winner of the award was American athlete Marion Jones who, at the time of the presentation, was considered to be "the world's dominant sprinter".[5] She later admitted to having taken performance enhancing drugs and, along with being stripped of her Olympic medals by the International Olympic Committee in 2007,[8] her Laureus Award and nominations (2001 and 2003) were rescinded.[9] As of 2017, American tennis player Serena Williams has won the most awards with three: in 2003, 2010, and 2016.[10] She has also jointly received the most nominations (four), along with two Swedes, golfer Annika Sörenstam and track athlete Carolina Klüft, and Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. Sportswomen from athletics are the most successful overall, with seven wins and twenty-nine nominations (excluding Jones' rescissions). American sportswomen have won more awards and nominations than any other nationality, with seven wins and twenty-one nominations. The 2017 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year is American gymnast Simone Biles who won four gymnastics gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.[6]

List of winners and nominees

Key
* Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Nominees Ref(s)
2000 Marion Jones Jones, MarionMarion Jones*  USA Athletics Lindsay Davenport ( USA) – tennis
Gabriela Szabo (Template:Country data ROM) – athletics
[9][11]
2001 Cathy Freeman Freeman, CathyCathy Freeman  AUS Athletics Inge de Bruijn (Template:Country data NED) – swimming
Marion Jones* ( USA) – athletics
Karrie Webb ( AUS) – golf
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[12][13]
2002 Jennifer Capriati Capriati, JenniferJennifer Capriati  USA Tennis Inge de Bruijn (Template:Country data NED) – swimming
Stacy Dragila ( USA) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Template:Country data SWE) – golf
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[14][15]
2003 Serena Williams Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  USA Tennis Marion Jones* ( USA) – athletics
Janica Kostelić ( CRO) – alpine skiing
Paula Radcliffe (Template:Country data GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Template:Country data SWE) – golf
[16][10]
2004 Annika Sorenstam Sörenstam, AnnikaAnnika Sörenstam Template:Country data SWE Golf Inge de Bruijn (Template:Country data NED) – swimming
Justine Henin-Hardenne ( BEL) – tennis
Maria de Lurdes Mutola (Template:Country data MOZ) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe (Template:Country data GBR) – athletics
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
[17][18]
2005 Kelly Holmes Holmes, KellyKelly Holmes Template:Country data GBR Athletics Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (Template:Country data SWE) – athletics
Maria Sharapova ( RUS) – tennis
Annika Sörenstam (Template:Country data SWE) – golf
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Template:Country data NED) – cycling
[19][20]
2006 JanicaKostelic.jpg Kostelić, JanicaJanica Kostelić  CRO Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Tirunesh Dibaba (Template:Country data ETH) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (Template:Country data SWE) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe (Template:Country data GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Template:Country data SWE) – golf
[21][22]
2007 Yelena Isinbayeva Isinbayeva, YelenaYelena Isinbayeva  RUS Athletics Justine Henin ( BEL) – tennis
Carolina Klüft (Template:Country data SWE) – athletics
Laure Manaudou ( FRA) – swimming
Amélie Mauresmo ( FRA) – tennis
Maria Sharapova ( RUS) – tennis
[23][24]
2008 Justin Henin Henin, JustineJustine Henin  BEL Tennis Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (Template:Country data SWE) – athletics
Libby Lenton ( AUS) – swimming
Marta ( BRA) – football
Lorena Ochoa (Template:Country data MEX) – golf
[25][26]
2009 Yelena Isinbayeva Isinbayeva, YelenaYelena Isinbayeva  RUS Athletics Tirunesh Dibaba (Template:Country data ETH) – athletics
Lorena Ochoa (Template:Country data MEX) – golf
Stephanie Rice ( AUS)– swimming
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[27][28]
2010 Serena Williams Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  USA Tennis Shelly-Ann Fraser (Template:Country data JAM) – athletics
Federica Pellegrini ( ITA) – swimming
Sanya Richards ( USA) – athletics
Britta Steffen ( GER) – swimming
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
[10][29]
2011 Lindsey Vonn Vonn, LindseyLindsey Vonn  USA Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Jessica Ennis (Template:Country data GBR) – athletics
Blanka Vlašić ( CRO) – athletics
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Caroline Wozniacki ( DEN) – tennis
[30][31]
2012 Vivian Cheruiyot Cheruiyot, VivianVivian Cheruiyot Template:Country data KEN Athletics Carmelita Jeter ( USA) – athletics
Maria Höfl-Riesch ( GER) – alpine skiing
Homare Sawa ( JPN) – football
Petra Kvitová ( CZE) – tennis
Yani Tseng (Template:Country data TAI) – golf
[32][33]
2013 Jessica Ennis Ennis, JessicaJessica Ennis Template:Country data GBR Athletics Allyson Felix ( USA) – athletics
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
Missy Franklin ( USA) – swimming
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Template:Country data JAM) – athletics
[34][35]
2014 Missy Franklin Franklin, MissyMissy Franklin  USA Swimming Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Template:Country data JAM) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Tina Maze (Template:Country data SLO) – alpine skiing
Nadine Angerer ( GER) – football
[36][37]
2015 Genzebe Dibaba Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba Template:Country data ETH Athletics Valerie Adams (Template:Country data NZL) – athletics
Li Na (Template:Country data CHN) – tennis
Tina Maze (Template:Country data SLO) – alpine skiing
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Marit Bjørgen (Template:Country data NOR) – Nordic skiing
[38][39]
2016 Serena Williams Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  USA Tennis Genzebe Dibaba (Template:Country data ETH) – athletics
Anna Fenninger ( AUT) – alpine skiing
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Template:Country data JAM) – athletics
Katie Ledecky ( USA) – swimming
Carli Lloyd ( USA) – football
[10][40]
2017 Simone Biles Biles, SimoneSimone Biles  USA Gymnastics Allyson Felix ( USA) – athletics
Angelique Kerber ( GER) – tennis
Katie Ledecky ( USA) – swimming
Elaine Thompson (Template:Country data JAM) – athletics
Laura Kenny (Template:Country data GBR) – cycling
[41][42]

Statistics

Key
* Indicates total(s) excluding those of individuals whose award(s) and/or nomination(s) were later rescinded

See also

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