Shiffrin and Kim Nominated for 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards
Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim have been nominated for the landmark 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards. The world's sports media cast their votes and the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams now have just over a month to wait to see if they have won a prestigious Laureus Statuette at the world's pre-eminent international sports Awards Ceremony in Berlin, Germany on February 17th.
In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category, Mikaela is up against a stacked field of GOATs, including FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe, gymnastic great Simone Biles, track and field stars Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and the first Asian tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world, Naomi Osaka.
In the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year category, 2019 Action Sportsperson winner and snowboarding world champion Chloe Kim, is joined by world surfing champions Italo Ferreira and Carissa Moore, and 11-year-old Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal, the youngest Nominee for the 2020 Laureus Awards. Also in contention for the Action Award are US skateboarding world champion Nyjah Huston and Canadian snowboarding star and slopestyle X-Games gold medallist Mark McMorris.
Sports fans can also have a say in the 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards through the Laureus Sporting Moment: 2000-2020 public vote, which will celebrate the transformational power of sport and reinforce Laureus' 20th-anniversary message that 'Sport Unites Us'. The Laureus Sporting Moment Award shortlists 20 sporting stories from the last 20 years that have left their mark on the world, exemplifying sporting values such as fair play, sportsmanship, humanity, overcoming adversity, dedication, and the power to unite through sport—all key values of the Laureus movement. Fans can vote for their favorite of the 20 shortlisted moments now at laureus.com/vote.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2019, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted for by the 68 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin on February 17th.
It was at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000 that Laureus Patron, Nelson Mandela, spoke the words which sparked the creation of the worldwide Sport for Good movement. 20 years on, these words still guide Laureus today—'Sport has the power to change the world; to unite people in a way little else does'. From sports stars to sports fans and the young people in Laureus Sport for Good programmes around the world: Sport Unites Us.
For more information on the Nominees and to stay updated in the build-up to the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit laureus.com/world-sports-awards and follow #Laureus20 on social platforms.
Release courtesy of Laureus.