Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen has been nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award.
September 6, 2016 | NEWS|
It's turning into quite a year for American Gwen Jorgensen - not that there should be any surprises about that. The overwhelming gold-medal favorite handled the pressure and a surprisingly tough Nicola Spirig to take the title in Rio and is now enjoying the limelight as the Olympic champion.
Jorgensen hit the headlines again a few weeks ago when she announced that she'd be running the New York City Marathon in November and now we just got some more big news about the 30-year-old from Minnesota from the folks at USA Triathlon. Here's the release:
Gwen Jorgensen is nominated for Sportswoman of the Year. (Janos M Schmidt/ITU)
The award honors the year's best in women's sports, including 10 individual athletes and 10 athletes who participate in team sports. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) was nominated for her gold medal winning performances at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama and the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, where she clinched her second straight world title after an unprecedented undefeated season.
Visit sportswomanoftheyear.com to vote for Jorgensen now.
Finalists were selected based on athletic performances between Aug. 1, 2015 and Aug. 21, 2016. The public and the Women's Sports Foundation's Awards Committee select the award winners by a 50-50 vote. The winners will be those two athletes who receive the highest combined share of a public vote (50 percent of composite) and the Awards Committee vote (50 percent of composite).
Individual sport finalists are:
Simone Biles, gymnastics, USA
Kayla Harrison, judo, USA
Gwen Jorgensen, triathlon, USA
Lydia Ko, golf, New Zealand
Katie Ledecky, swimming, USA
Helen Maroulis, wrestling, USA
Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic track & field, USA
Claressa Sheilds, boxing, USA
Elaine Thompson, track & field, Jamaica
Serena Williams, tennis, USA
Team sport finalists are:
Valerie Arioto, softball, USA
Heather Erickson, sitting volleyball, USA
Helen Glover & Heather Stanning, rowing, Great Britain
Ashleigh Johnson, water polo, USA
Hilary Knight, ice hockey, USA
Carli Lloyd, soccer, USA
Alexandra Danson, field hockey, Great Britain
Maya Moore, basketball, USA
Kira Walkenhorst & Laura Ludwig, beach volleyball, Germany
Zhu Ting, volleyball, China