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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year

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 supporting 500,000 young people.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] As of 2019, a shortlist of six nominees for the award comes from a panel composed of the "world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters".[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the winner who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[6][7][8]

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]
LocationMonaco (2019)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held bySimone Biles (USA)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

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".[6] 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medals by the International Olympic Committee in 2007,[9] her Laureus Award and nominations (2001 and 2003) were rescinded.[10] The 2019 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year was the American gymnast Simone Biles who has won the award twice in three years. Sportswomen from athletics are the most successful overall, with seven wins and thirty-one nominations (excluding Jones' rescissions). American sportswomen have won more awards and nominations than any other nationality, with nine wins and twenty-five nominations.

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List of winners and nomineesEdit

Key
* Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Nominees Ref(s)
2000   Marion Jones*   USA Athletics Lindsay Davenport (  USA) – tennis
Gabriela Szabo (  ROM) – athletics
[10][11]
2001   Cathy Freeman   AUS Athletics Inge de Bruijn (  NED) – swimming
Marion Jones* (  USA) – athletics
Karrie Webb (  AUS) – golf
Venus Williams (  USA) – tennis
[12][13]
2002   Jennifer Capriati   USA Tennis Inge de Bruijn (  NED) – swimming
Stacy Dragila (  USA) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (  SWE) – golf
Venus Williams (  USA) – tennis
[14][15]
2003   Serena Williams   USA Tennis Marion Jones* (  USA) – athletics
Janica Kostelić (  CRO) – alpine skiing
Paula Radcliffe (  GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (  SWE) – golf
[16][17]
2004   Annika Sörenstam   SWE Golf Inge de Bruijn (  NED) – swimming
Justine Henin-Hardenne (  BEL) – tennis
Maria de Lurdes Mutola (  MOZ) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe (  GBR) – athletics
Serena Williams (  USA) – tennis
[18][19]
2005   Kelly Holmes   GBR Athletics Yelena Isinbayeva (  RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (  SWE) – athletics
Maria Sharapova (  RUS) – tennis
Annika Sörenstam (  SWE) – golf
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (  NED) – cycling
[20][21]
2006   Janica Kostelić   CRO Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters (  BEL) – tennis
Tirunesh Dibaba (  ETH) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva (  RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (  SWE) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe (  GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam (  SWE) – golf
[22][23]
2007   Yelena Isinbayeva   RUS Athletics Justine Henin (  BEL) – tennis
Carolina Klüft (  SWE) – athletics
Laure Manaudou (  FRA) – swimming
Amélie Mauresmo (  FRA) – tennis
Maria Sharapova (  RUS) – tennis
[24][25]
2008   Justine Henin   BEL Tennis Yelena Isinbayeva (  RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft (  SWE) – athletics
Libby Lenton (  AUS) – swimming
Marta (  BRA) – football
Lorena Ochoa (  MEX) – golf
[26][27]
2009   Yelena Isinbayeva   RUS Athletics Tirunesh Dibaba (  ETH) – athletics
Lorena Ochoa (  MEX) – golf
Stephanie Rice (  AUS)– swimming
Lindsey Vonn (  USA) – alpine skiing
Venus Williams (  USA) – tennis
[28][29]
2010   Serena Williams   USA Tennis Shelly-Ann Fraser (  JAM) – athletics
Federica Pellegrini (  ITA) – swimming
Sanya Richards (  USA) – athletics
Britta Steffen (  GER) – swimming
Lindsey Vonn (  USA) – alpine skiing
[17][30]
2011   Lindsey Vonn   USA Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters (  BEL) – tennis
Jessica Ennis (  GBR) – athletics
Blanka Vlašić (  CRO) – athletics
Serena Williams (  USA) – tennis
Caroline Wozniacki (  DEN) – tennis
[31][32]
2012   Vivian Cheruiyot   KEN Athletics Carmelita Jeter (  USA) – athletics
Maria Höfl-Riesch (  GER) – alpine skiing
Homare Sawa (  JPN) – football
Petra Kvitová (  CZE) – tennis
Yani Tseng (  TPE) – golf
[33][34]
2013   Jessica Ennis   GBR Athletics Allyson Felix (  USA) – athletics
Lindsey Vonn (  USA) – alpine skiing
Missy Franklin (  USA) – swimming
Serena Williams (  USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (  JAM) – athletics
[35][36]
2014   Missy Franklin   USA Swimming Serena Williams (  USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (  JAM) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva (  RUS) – athletics
Tina Maze (  SLO) – alpine skiing
Nadine Angerer (  GER) – football
[37][38]
2015   Genzebe Dibaba   ETH Athletics Valerie Adams (  NZL) – athletics
Li Na (  CHN) – tennis
Tina Maze (  SLO) – alpine skiing
Serena Williams (  USA) – tennis
Marit Bjørgen (  NOR) – Nordic skiing
[39][40]
2016   Serena Williams   USA Tennis Genzebe Dibaba (  ETH) – athletics
Anna Fenninger (  AUT) – alpine skiing
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (  JAM) – athletics
Katie Ledecky (  USA) – swimming
Carli Lloyd (  USA) – football
[17][41]
2017   Simone Biles   USA Gymnastics Allyson Felix (  USA) – athletics
Laura Kenny (  GBR) – cycling
Angelique Kerber (  GER) – tennis
Katie Ledecky (  USA) – swimming
Elaine Thompson (  JAM) – athletics
[42][43]
2018   Serena Williams   USA Tennis Allyson Felix (  USA) – athletics
Katie Ledecky (  USA) – swimming
Garbiñe Muguruza (  ESP) – tennis
Caster Semenya (  RSA) – athletics
Mikaela Shiffrin (  USA) – alpine skiing
[44][45]
2019   Simone Biles   USA Gymnastics Simona Halep (  ROU) – tennis
Angelique Kerber (  GER) – tennis
Ester Ledecká (  CZE) – snowboarding
Daniela Ryf (   SUI) – triathlon
Mikaela Shiffrin (  US) – skiing
[46][47]

StatisticsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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