Monaco - The votes are in and the world’s sports media have selected the highest achieving men, women and teams over the past calendar year as the nominees for the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, the world’s pre-eminent international sports awards.
Soccer World Cup champions France are in contention for Laureus World Team of the Year while stars of the tournament Kylian Mbappé and Luka Modric receive nominations in the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.
PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games medallists also feature heavily, with Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin nominated for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, the Norway Winter Olympics Team recognised in the Laureus World Team of the Year category and Sophia Goggia listed among the nominees for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. In contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year are Winter Olympic medallists Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibian Mentel-Spee and Lindsey Vonn, while Paralympic gold medallists Henrieta Farkasova, Brian McKeever and Oksana Masters are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a disability.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge, tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic and NBA great LeBron James join FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Modric and FIFA Best Young Player Mbappé in what promises to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.
Winter Olympic champions Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin are joined in the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award category by celebrated gymnast and the first woman to win four All-Around world titles Simone Biles, Grand Slam tennis champions Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber and four-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf.
After winning their fifth straight Formula One Constructors World Championship, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team pick up their third nomination in a row for the Laureus World Team of the Year. Joining them and France Men’s Football Team in a category filled with world-beating teams are three-in-a-row Champions League winners Real Madrid, Winter Olympic medal table-toppers Norway Winter Olympics Team, NBA champions Golden State Warriors and the victorious European Ryder Cup Team.
Trailblazing Spaniard Ana Carrasco, the first woman to secure a motor cycling world title, is nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. Joining Carrasco is Japan’s first ever Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Norwegian teenage European 1 500 and 5 000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Italian downhill skiing champion Sofia Goggia and Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams.
US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years, is nominated in the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category. Alongside Woods is India’s first ever Laureus Nominee, wrestling champion Vinesh Phogat and four inspirational Winter Olympic comeback athletes, Japanese figure skater YuzuruHanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.
The toughest competition is likely to be for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. Joining the Paralympic gold medallists in a category shortlisted by a select panel from the International Paralympic Committee are Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open champion wheelchair tennis star Diede de Groot, undefeated Boccia star Grigorios Polychronidis and T64 men’s long jump world record holder Markus Rehm.
Surfing and snowboarding superstars lead the nominations for the Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Australian surfing great Stephanie Gilmore, who won her record-equalling seventh world title in Hawaii, is nominated alongside two Brazilians: men’s world champion Gabriel Medina and record-breaking big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira. Also in contention in the category are US Winter Olympic snowboard champions Chloe Kim and Shaun White and Austrian Big Air gold medallist Anna Gasser.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.
The winners, as voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.
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Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis
Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing
LeBron James (USA) Basketball
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Athletics
Kylian Mbappé (France) Football
Luka Modric (Croatia) Football
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Simone Biles (USA) Gymnastics
Simona Halep (Romania) Tennis
Angelique Kerber (Germany) Tennis
Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) Skiing / Snowboarding
Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) Ironman Triathlon
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing
Laureus World Team of the Year
European Ryder Cup Team – Golf
France Men’s Football Team
Golden State Warriors (USA) Basketball
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany)
Norway Winter Olympics Team
Real Madrid (Spain) Football
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
Ana Carrasco (Spain) Motor Cycling
Sofia Goggia (Italy) Skiing
Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) Athletics
Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis
Geraint Thomas (UK) Cycling
Briana Williams (Jamaica) Athletics
Laureus World Comeback of the Year
Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) Skating
Mark McMorris (Canada) Snowboarding
Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) Snowboarding
Vinesh Phogat (India) Wrestling
Lindsey Vonn (USA) Skiing
Tiger Woods (USA) Golf
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) Skiing
Diede de Groot (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis
Brian McKeever (Canada) Cross-country Skiing
Oksana Masters (USA) Cross-country Skiing
Grigorios Polychronidis (Greece) Boccia
Markus Rehm (Germany) Athletics
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year
Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing
Anna Gasser (Austria) Snowboarding
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing
Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboarding
Gabriel Medina (Brazil) Surfing
Shaun White (USA) Snowboarding