Athlete of the Year

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Athlete of the Year is an award given by various sports organizations for the athlete whom they have determined to be deserving of such recognition.

Definition of "athlete"[edit]

For etymology of "athlete", see Athlete

Similar names for the award[edit]

The awards are also sometimes called player of the year, most valuable player (MVP), sportsperson (sportsman or sportswoman) of the year, or Mr./Ms. X sport. For example, at the high-school level in the United States, several American states choose a Mr. Basketball (e.g., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin). Such awards — general and one-sport-only — are common at the high-school, college (university), and professional levels in the United States.

Various athlete of the year awards[edit]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

All sports[edit]

Worldwide
Country-specific

 Argentina

 Australia

 Austria

 Belgium

 Brazil

 Bulgaria

 Canada

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 Estonia

 Finland

 France

 Germany

 Hungary

 Iceland

 India

 Iran

 Ireland

 Jamaica

 Japan

 Kenya

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Luxembourg

 Malaysia

 Netherlands

 Norway

 New Zealand

 Philippines

 Poland

 Portugal

 Serbia

 Slovakia

 Slovenia

 South Africa

 Spain

 Sweden

  Switzerland

 Ukraine

 United Kingdom

 United States

Because these awards are given by American organizations, the winners are usually, but not always, Americans. Also, the presence of the word "Sportsman" in the name of an award does not imply that the award is open solely to men; women have frequently won these awards.

One sport (other than track and field)[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Best Female and Best Male College Basketball and Best College Football Player ESPY Awards — awarded from 1993 to 2001 — were absorbed in 2002 by the Best Female and Best Male College Athlete ESPY Awards.