Nominations for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards.
“Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award”.
The “Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award” promises to be one of the hottest battles we’ve ever seen. Among the nominated athletes are: three-time Laureus victor Usain Bolt, as well as the number one from the world tennis rankings, Novak Djoković, not to mention three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, and Lionel Messi, five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or. Completing the line-up in this category are NBA star Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors and the number one from the golfing world, Jordan Spieth, who are both nominated for a Laureus Award for the first time.
“Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award”.
After an impressive 2015, in which Serena Williams celebrated three Grand Slam wins, the American tennis legend has again been nominated for the “Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award”. With a total of ten Laureus nominations, she’s set a new record. Following an amazing season, the Austrian ski racer Anna Fenninger is also nominated in this category. Talking of her nomination, Fenninger said: “Being nominated for this prestigious award in the sports world is not only a great honour for me but it also leaves me with a good feeling. I can still remember when Hermann Maier received the Laureus in 2004 for the Comeback of the Year. That was a truly special achievement for Austria”.
“Laureus World Team of the Year Award”.
In a further, toughly contested category, the Formula 1 MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team can look forward to their second nomination in a row for the “Laureus World Team of the Year Award”. Toto Wolff, Head of Motorsports at Mercedes-Benz, emphasis: “For MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, it's a real honour to again be nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award in the Team of the Year category. We know that the competition here is just as good as on the race track”.
Equally in the running for this award are the winners of the Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks from New Zealand, as well as Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions the Golden State Warriors, the British Davis Cup team and the US national ladies football team, who secured their third world championship title.
“Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award”.
After his fantastic year, Jan Frodeno, known among other things for his victory at the Ironman competition on Hawaii, is the first triathlete to have been crowned both world champion and Olympic gold winner. Thus, it’s only right for him to be nominated in the category for the “Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award”. Speaking about his nomination, Frodeno said: “After so many years in which I strived to win a world title, I’m now really thrilled to have finally managed it. Records are there to be broken or beaten. A nomination for a Laureus Award is a truly sensational chapter in the book of my life. It’s the biggest stage in the sporting world and with a nomination, you’re allowed to be part of a scene featuring some of the biggest sporting stars from around the world”.
A multitude of disciplines.
Two sports personalities are nominated in two categories: surfer Mick Fanning (in the Action and Comeback categories) and golfer Jordan Spieth (in the Sportsman and Breakthrough categories). Alongside Fanning in the category “Laureus World Comeback of the Year”, some other big names are also nominated: World Rugby Player of the Year Dan Carter; heptathlon world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill; Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympic athlete of all time; David Rudisha from Kenya, world champion in the 800 metres; and America’s skiing legend Lindsey Vonn. Among the nominees for the “Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award” are two former victors: Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias who received the award in 2009 and 2013, and the French Alpine skier Marie Bochet.
Bochet won the Laureus Award in 2014 and has twice won gold in all five of the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship disciplines. More detailed biographies of the nominated sportsmen and sportswomen can be found here.
Premiere in Germany.
This year will see the Laureus World Sports Awards being presented for the 17th time. They celebrate top sporting performance from 2015 and are the most coveted awards in the international sporting calendar. It is the first time that the awards ceremony will be held in Germany. The winners will be selected by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a tough jury consisting of 55 of the best sports personalities of all time. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Monday 18 April in the Palais am Funkturm at Berlin’s exhibition centre and will be broadcast worldwide on television.