Jorgensen nominated for sportswoman of the year

Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen has been nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award.

| September 6, 2016 | NEWS

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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