Laureus World Sports Awards 2017 in Monaco.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2017.

The premier global sports awards.

The biggest names in sport.

The premier global sports awards took place in the company of royalty as HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene joined the biggest names in sport at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco. At the Ceremony, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles were named Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, following their outstanding performances in 2016.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2017: Simone Biles was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year, following her outstanding performances in 2016.
Laureus World Sports Awards 2017: Usain Bolt was named Laureus Sportsman of the Year, following his outstanding performances in 2016.

Usain Bolt joins sporting greats.

They are the little and large of sport – Usain stands 1.95 metres, while Simone measures just 1.45 metres – but they were both giants at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their Statuettes at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in Monaco. Bolt joins sporting greats Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus Award winner.

Usain Bolt joins sporting greats.

They are the little and large of sport – Usain stands 1.95 metres, while Simone measures just 1.45 metres – but they were both giants at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their Statuettes at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in Monaco. Bolt joins sporting greats Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus Award winner.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2017: Usain Bolt was named Laureus Sportsman of the Year, following his outstanding performances in 2016.

Most decorated Olympian of all time.

The Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games produced three more Laureus winners: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won Comeback of the Year after he returned to swimming and scooped five more gold medals; Italy’s Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing, won the Disability Award, and the Olympic Refugee Team, led by Tegla Loroupe, won the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2017: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won Comeback of the Year after he returned to swimming and scooped five more gold medals.
Laureus World Sports Awards 2017: Germany’s Nico Rosberg at last won his first world title and he was presented with the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award.

Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award.

After finishing second in the Formula One World Championship to his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Germany’s Nico Rosberg at last won his first world title and he was presented with the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award.

 

There were two Awards for British sport: the world’s greatest downhill mountain biker Rachel Atherton won the Action Sportsperson of the Year, while Leicester City won a special Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to mark their remarkable achievement in winning English football’s Premier League as 5,000-1 outsiders.

 

Another historic team performance was Chicago Cubs’ first Major League Baseball World Series victory in 108 years. This feat won them the Laureus Team of the Year Award.

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LWSA 2017: Wrap-up of the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017.

We escort a Laureus Statuette from Berlin to Monaco. On the way, we visit Laureus Sport for Good projects and their ambassadors. We learn about the projects and find out about unique success stories of the projects’ work.

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Mercedes-Benz launches Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017. Star-studded journey.

Mercedes-Benz launches Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017.

Star-studded journey.

From Berlin to Monaco.

To mark this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, Mercedes‑Benz is putting one of the coveted award statuettes into very special hands for the journey from Berlin, the venue of last year’s award ceremony, to Monaco, where this prestigious event for the sporting world is being held this year. Along the way they will be stopping off to visit five Laureus Sport for Good projects for disadvantaged children and adolescents. A film team will report on the experiences of the tour crew in their four V‑Class vehicles and a GLC, see how the youngsters they visit are benefiting from their sport and take a look back at the “Best sporting moments” as seen by the kids, crew and participating Laureus Ambassadors.

To mark this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, Mercedes‑Benz is putting one of the coveted award statuettes into very special hands for the journey from Berlin to Monaco.
Dr Jens Thiemer: “Our objective with the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 is to generate even more awareness for the valuable work undertaken by the Laureus Foundation.”

Valuable work by the Laureus Foundation.

“Our objective with the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 is to generate even more awareness for the valuable work undertaken by the Laureus Foundation through its many projects around the world and to encourage more support for this work,” said Dr Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and a Global Trustee of the international Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. “We have been an established global partner of the Laureus initiative right since the Foundation was founded back in 2000, and we believe more strongly than ever in the idea that the power of sport can be harnessed to counteract in some small way the social inequalities that affect children and adolescents in particular, all over the world.”

Valuable work by the Laureus Foundation.

“Our objective with the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 is to generate even more awareness for the valuable work undertaken by the Laureus Foundation through its many projects around the world and to encourage more support for this work,” said Dr Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and a Global Trustee of the international Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. “We have been an established global partner of the Laureus initiative right since the Foundation was founded back in 2000, and we believe more strongly than ever in the idea that the power of sport can be harnessed to counteract in some small way the social inequalities that affect children and adolescents in particular, all over the world.”

Dr Jens Thiemer: “Our objective with the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 is to generate even more awareness for the valuable work undertaken by the Laureus Foundation.”
To mark this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, Mercedes‑Benz is putting one of the coveted award statuettes into very special hands for the journey from Berlin to Monaco.

Kick-off in Berlin.

At the kick-off ceremony at the Brandenburg Gate, the Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, Sean Fitzpatrick, handed the award statuette to the Austrian TV presenter and Laureus Ambassador Kathi Wörndl. The keen amateur athlete is joining forces with TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD, made up of professional triathletes Timo Bracht, Horst Reichelt and Julian Beuchert, as well as the two-time LeMans winner and IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion for his age group, Manuel Reuter, to accompany the award statuette on its way to Monaco.

But before setting off, the first item on the day’s programme was a visit to “KICK im Boxring”. This ambitious sports project in Berlin is aimed at preventing youngsters from sliding into criminality and has been supported for some years now by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Also joining the visit as part of the kick-off was Laureus Ambassador Axel Schulz. The crew then headed south with four V‑Class vehicles and a GLC.

Stopovers in Munich and Innsbruck.

The first stopover is in Munich, where the crew will be visiting “HIGH FIVE”. This is a non-profit Laureus project supporting disadvantaged children and adolescents, many of them with an immigrant background, through skateboarding, BMX and snowboarding. Mercedes-AMG has been supporting “HIGH FIVE” since 2015. In Innsbruck, Austria, the tour participants will be calling in on “Wiffzack”, loosely translated as “smart cookie”. The focus here is on the Far-Eastern martial arts – the crew will join a karate training session to discover how kids and teens with special educational needs can rediscover their love of sport.

In Innsbruck, Austria, the tour participants will be calling in on “Wiffzack”, loosely translated as “Smart cookie”.
The Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 will reach its final destination in Monaco on 13 February. The statuette will be presented here as part of the Laureus Awards 2017 on 14 February.

Via Winterthur and Milan to Monaco.

The next visit in the schedule is to the “Laureus Cavallo” project in Winterthur. Joining in the fun here will be Laureus Ambassador Daniela Ryf and Marcel Hug, nominated for the category “Laureus Worlds Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability”. Following a further stopover with “Polisportiva Milano” in Milan, attended by Brazilian footballing legend and Laureus World Sports Academy member Cafu, the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 will reach its final destination in Monaco on 13 February. The statuette will be presented here as part of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2017 on 14 February.

 

Athletes, guests and Board Members will be driven up to the red carpet in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In a fitting match to the sustainable ambitions of the Laureus World Sports Awards, Mercedes-Benz will be giving a glimpse of the future of electric mobility at Monaco: the Concept EQ show car will also be putting in an appearance on the red carpet of this charity event.

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Laureus Sport for Good Tour Day 1.

Sean Fitzpatrick kicks off the Laureus Sport for Good Tour 2017 and sends the Laureus statuette on its journey to Monaco. Starting in Berlin the tour stops at five cities with five different Laureus-supported projects.

 

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Laureus World Sports Awards 2016.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year and raises awareness of the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The Laureus World Sports Awards supports Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does to transform the lives of individuals and communities around the world by using the power of sport as a tool to combat challenging social issues. Since its inception, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.