Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year
Awarded for "the most remarkable women from the world of sport along with the greatest achievements fans have admired throughout the year."[1]
Location Monaco (2018)[2]
Presented by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Serena Williams (USA)[2]
Website Official website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual women from 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 winner 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 "Oscars".[6][7][8]

The inaugural winner of the award was American athlete Marion Jones who, at the time of the presentation, was considered to be "the world's dominant sprinter".[6] She later admitted to having taken performance-enhancing drugs and, along with being stripped of her Olympic medals by the International Olympic Committee in 2007,[9] her Laureus Award and nominations (2001 and 2003) were rescinded.[10] The 2018 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year was the American tennis player Serena Williams who has won the most awards with four: in 2003, 2010, 2016 and 2018.[2][11] She has also received the most nominations with five. Sportswomen from athletics are the most successful overall, with seven wins and twenty-nine nominations (excluding Jones' rescissions). American sportswomen have won more awards and nominations than any other nationality, with eight wins and twenty-four nominations.

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Key
* Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Nominees Ref(s)
2000 Marion Jones Marion Jones*  USA Athletics Lindsay Davenport ( USA) – tennis
Gabriela Szabo ( ROM) – athletics
[10][12]
2001 Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman  AUS Athletics Inge de Bruijn ( NED) – swimming
Marion Jones* ( USA) – athletics
Karrie Webb ( AUS) – golf
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[13][14]
2002 Jennifer Capriati Jennifer Capriati  USA Tennis Inge de Bruijn ( NED) – swimming
Stacy Dragila ( USA) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam ( SWE) – golf
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[15][16]
2003 Serena Williams Serena Williams  USA Tennis Marion Jones* ( USA) – athletics
Janica Kostelić ( CRO) – alpine skiing
Paula Radcliffe ( GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam ( SWE) – golf
[17][11]
2004 Annika Sorenstam Annika Sörenstam  SWE Golf Inge de Bruijn ( NED) – swimming
Justine Henin-Hardenne ( BEL) – tennis
Maria de Lurdes Mutola ( MOZ) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe ( GBR) – athletics
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
[18][19]
2005 Kelly Holmes Kelly Holmes  GBR Athletics Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft ( SWE) – athletics
Maria Sharapova ( RUS) – tennis
Annika Sörenstam ( SWE) – golf
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel ( NED) – cycling
[20][21]
2006 JanicaKostelic.jpg Janica Kostelić  CRO Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Tirunesh Dibaba ( ETH) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft ( SWE) – athletics
Paula Radcliffe ( GBR) – athletics
Annika Sörenstam ( SWE) – golf
[22][23]
2007 Yelena Isinbayeva Yelena Isinbayeva  RUS Athletics Justine Henin ( BEL) – tennis
Carolina Klüft ( SWE) – athletics
Laure Manaudou ( FRA) – swimming
Amélie Mauresmo ( FRA) – tennis
Maria Sharapova ( RUS) – tennis
[24][25]
2008 Justin Henin Justine Henin  BEL Tennis Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Carolina Klüft ( SWE) – athletics
Libby Lenton ( AUS) – swimming
Marta ( BRA) – football
Lorena Ochoa ( MEX) – golf
[26][27]
2009 Yelena Isinbayeva Yelena Isinbayeva  RUS Athletics Tirunesh Dibaba ( ETH) – athletics
Lorena Ochoa ( MEX) – golf
Stephanie Rice ( AUS)– swimming
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
Venus Williams ( USA) – tennis
[28][29]
2010 Serena Williams Serena Williams  USA Tennis Shelly-Ann Fraser ( JAM) – athletics
Federica Pellegrini ( ITA) – swimming
Sanya Richards ( USA) – athletics
Britta Steffen ( GER) – swimming
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
[11][30]
2011 Lindsey Vonn Lindsey Vonn  USA Alpine skiing Kim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Jessica Ennis ( GBR) – athletics
Blanka Vlašić ( CRO) – athletics
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Caroline Wozniacki ( DEN) – tennis
[31][32]
2012 Vivian Cheruiyot Vivian Cheruiyot  KEN Athletics Carmelita Jeter ( USA) – athletics
Maria Höfl-Riesch ( GER) – alpine skiing
Homare Sawa ( JPN) – football
Petra Kvitová ( CZE) – tennis
Yani Tseng ( TPE) – golf
[33][34]
2013 Jessica Ennis Jessica Ennis  GBR Athletics Allyson Felix ( USA) – athletics
Lindsey Vonn ( USA) – alpine skiing
Missy Franklin ( USA) – swimming
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM) – athletics
[35][36]
2014 Missy Franklin Missy Franklin  USA Swimming Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM) – athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva ( RUS) – athletics
Tina Maze ( SLO) – alpine skiing
Nadine Angerer ( GER) – football
[37][38]
2015 Genzebe Dibaba Genzebe Dibaba  ETH Athletics Valerie Adams ( NZL) – athletics
Li Na ( CHN) – tennis
Tina Maze ( SLO) – alpine skiing
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
Marit Bjørgen ( NOR) – Nordic skiing
[39][40]
2016 Serena Williams Serena Williams  USA Tennis Genzebe Dibaba ( ETH) – athletics
Anna Fenninger ( AUT) – alpine skiing
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM) – athletics
Katie Ledecky ( USA) – swimming
Carli Lloyd ( USA) – football
[11][41]
2017 Simone Biles Simone Biles  USA Gymnastics Allyson Felix ( USA) – athletics
Laura Kenny ( GBR) – cycling
Angelique Kerber ( GER) – tennis
Katie Ledecky ( USA) – swimming
Elaine Thompson ( JAM) – athletics
[42][43]
2018 Serena Williams Serena Williams  USA Tennis Allyson Felix ( USA) – athletics
Katie Ledecky ( USA) – swimming
Garbiñe Muguruza ( ESP) – tennis
Caster Semenya ( RSA) – athletics
Mikaela Shiffrin ( USA) – alpine skiing
[2][44]

Statistics[edit]

Key
* Indicates total(s) excluding those of individuals whose award(s) and/or nomination(s) were later rescinded

See also[edit]

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