Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year
Awarded for "sportsperson or team who has overcome injury, illness, adversity, disappointment or failure and risen back to triumph in the sporting arena. The Award may also mark a historic fightback by an individual or a team in a sporting event or series of sports events."[1]
Location Monaco (2018)[2]
Presented by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
Website Official website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of those individuals or teams who have made a comeback performance in the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] As of 2018, a shortlist of six nominees for the award comes from a panel composed of the "world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters".[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the individual winner or winning team who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of the "Oscars".[6][7][8]

The inaugural winner of the award was American road cyclist Lance Armstrong. Having recovered from testicular cancer, which had spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen,[9] he returned to cycling in 1998 and won the 1999 Tour de France.[10] Following Armstrong's 2013 admission of doping,[11] all his Laureus awards and nominations were rescinded.[12] As of 2018, the award has been won by a different individual sportsperson every year (five to women, fourteen to men), although ten teams have been nominated – the England men's cricket team (2005), Miami Heat (2007), the Great Britain national rugby league team (2008), Crusaders (2012), Queensland Reds (2012), European Ryder Cup Team (2013), Germany Men's Olympic Eights Team (2013), Oracle Team USA (2014), FC Barcelona (2018) and Chapecoense (2018). Tennis players dominate the winners list, with seven awards, while athletes and rugby union players have won twice. The 2018 winner of the award is Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, who returned from injury to win two Grand Slam titles at the 2017 Australian Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.[2]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Key
* Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Nominees Refs
2000 Lance Armstrong in 2001 Armstrong, LanceLance Armstrong*  USA Cycling Andre Agassi ( USA) – tennis
Ludmila Engquist ( SWE) – athletics
[12][13]
2001 Jennifer Capriati in 2004 Capriati, JenniferJennifer Capriati  USA Tennis Heike Drechsler ( GER) – athletics
Janica Kostelić ( CRO) – alpine skiing
Mario Lemieux ( CAN) – ice hockey
Dara Torres ( USA) – swimming
[14][15]
2002 Goran Ivanisevic in 2004 Ivanišević, GoranGoran Ivanišević  CRO Tennis John Daly ( USA) – golf
Michael Jordan ( USA) – basketball
Bernhard Langer ( GER) – golf
Mario Lemieux ( CAN) – ice hockey
[8][16]
2003 Ronaldo in 2005 Ronaldo  BRA Football Janica Kostelić ( CRO) – alpine skiing
Hermann Maier ( AUT) – alpine skiing
Pete Sampras ( USA) – tennis
Franziska van Almsick ( GER) – swimming
[17][18]
2004 Hermann Maier in 2006 Maier, HermannHermann Maier  AUT Alpine skiing Fred Couples ( USA) – golf
Inge de Bruijn ( NED) – swimming
Peter Forsberg ( SWE) – ice hockey
Martina Navratilova ( USA) – tennis
Alex Zanardi ( ITA) – auto racing
[19][20]
2005 Alex Zanardi in 2007 Zanardi, AlexAlex Zanardi  ITA Auto racing John Daly ( USA) – golf
England men's cricket team ( ENG) – cricket
Tadahiro Nomura ( JPN) – judo
Paula Radcliffe ( ENG) – athletics
Shane Warne ( AUS) – cricket
[21][22]
2006 Martina Hingis in 2006 Hingis, MartinaMartina Hingis   SUI Tennis Kajsa Bergqvist ( SWE) – athletics
Kim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Antoine Dénériaz ( FRA) – alpine skiing
Jonah Lomu ( NZL) – rugby union
Colin Montgomerie ( SCO) – golf
[23][24]
2007 Serena Williams in 2007 Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  USA Tennis Drew Brees ( USA) – American football
Ben Curtis ( USA) – golf
Roy Jones Jr. ( USA) – boxing
Miami Heat ( USA) – basketball
Zinedine Zidane ( FRA) – football
[25][26]
2008 Paula Radcliffe in 2008 Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe  GBR Athletics Christine Ohuruogu ( GBR) – athletics
Great Britain national rugby league team ( GBR) – rugby league
Jana Rawlinson ( AUS) – athletics
Steve Stricker ( USA) – golf
Jonny Wilkinson ( GBR) – rugby union
[27][28]
2009 Vitali Klitschko in 2009 Klitschko, VitaliVitali Klitschko  UKR Boxing Anna Meares ( AUS) – cycling
Greg Norman ( AUS) – golf
Matthias Steiner ( GER) – weightlifting
Maarten van der Weijden ( NED) – swimming
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[29][30]
2010 Kim Clijsters in 2010 Clijsters, KimKim Clijsters  BEL Tennis Lance Armstrong* ( USA) – cycling
Jessica Ennis ( GBR) – athletics
Brett Favre ( USA) – American football
Blanka Vlašić ( CRO) – athletics
Tom Watson ( USA) – golf
[31][32]
2011 Valentino Rossi in 2010 Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi  ITA MotoGP Carolina Klüft ( SWE) – athletics
Merlene Ottey ( SLO) – athletics
Tyson Gay ( USA) – athletics
Justine Henin ( BEL) – tennis
Paula Creamer ( USA) – golf
[33][34]
2012 Darren Clarke in 2009 Clarke, DarrenDarren Clarke  GBR Golf Crusaders ( NZL) – rugby union
Éric Abidal ( FRA) – football
Queensland Reds ( AUS) – rugby union
Liu Xiang ( CHN) – athletics
Sergio García ( ESP) – golf
[35][36]
2013 Felix Sanchez in 2013 Sánchez, FélixFélix Sánchez  DOM Athletics Anna Meares ( AUS) – cycling
Ernie Els ( RSA) – golf
European Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
Germany Men's Olympic Eights Team ( GER) – rowing
Tirunesh Dibaba ( ETH) – athletics
[37][38]
2014 Rafael Nadal in 2014 Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal  ESP Tennis Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Oracle Team USA ( USA) – sailing
Tony Parker ( FRA) – basketball
Ronaldinho ( BRA) – football
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[39][40]
2015 Schalk Burger in 2008 Burger, SchalkSchalk Burger  RSA Rugby union Francesco Acerbi ( ITA) – football
Diego Milito ( ARG) – football
Jo Pavey ( GBR) – athletics
Pierre Vaultier ( FRA) – snowboarding
Oliver Wilson ( GBR) – golf
[41][42]
2016 Dan Carter in 2011 Carter, DanDan Carter  NZL Rugby union Jessica Ennis-Hill ( GBR) – athletics
Mick Fanning ( AUS) – surfing
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
David Rudisha ( KEN) – athletics
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
[43][44]
2017 Michael Phelps in 2017 Phelps, MichaelMichael Phelps  USA Swimming Ruth Beitia ( ESP) – athletics
Juan Martín del Potro ( ARG) – tennis
Fabienne St Louis ( MUS) – triathlon
Nick Skelton ( GBR) – equestrian
Aksel Lund Svindal ( NOR) – alpine skiing
[45][46]
2018 Federer in 2016 Federer, RogerRoger Federer   SUI Tennis FC Barcelona ( ESP) – football
Justin Gatlin ( USA) – athletics
Sally Pearson ( AUS) – athletics
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
Chapecoense ( BRA) – football
[2][47]

Statistics[edit]

Key
* Indicates totals which exclude rescissions

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