Sportswoman of the Year Award

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Sportswoman of the Year Award
LocationNew York City
CountryUnited States
Presented byWomen's Sports Foundation
First awarded1980
Last awarded2016
WebsiteOfficial website

The Sportswoman of the Year Award is given by the Women's Sports Foundation every year.[1] This foundation recognizes both an individual and a team Sportswoman on their performance over a 12-month period.[1] This award is given based on their new records and their world championships won.[1]

In 2012, the winners of the Sportswoman of the Year Award were Gabrielle Douglas (Individual Sport) and Alex Morgan (Team Sport).[2]

The following table reflects past winners of the Sportswoman of the Year Award in individual and team sports.

Individual Sport Winner[edit]

Individual Sport Winner
Year Winner Nationality Sport
1993 Julie Krone  United States Jockey
1994 Bonnie Blair  United States Speed skating
1995 Bonnie Blair  United States Speed skating
1996 Amy Van Dyken  United States Swimming
1997 Gail Devers  United States Track and field
1998 Michelle Kwan  United States Figure skating
1999 Juli Inkster  United States Golf
2000 Jenny Thompson  United States Swimming
2001 Stacy Dragila  United States Pole vault
2002 Sarah Hughes  United States Figure skating
2003 Natalie Coughlin  United States Swimming
2004 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden Golf
2005 Erin Popovich  United States Paralympic swimming
2006 Melanie Troxel  United States Funny car race
2007 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico Golf
2008 Nastia Liukin  United States Artistic gymnastics
2009 Courtney Kupets  United States Gymnastic
2010 Kim Yuna  South Korea Figure skating
2011 Yani Tseng  Taiwan Golf
2012 Gabrielle Douglas  United States Artistic gymnastics
2013 Missy Franklin  United States Swimming
2014 Simone Biles  United States Artistic gymnastics
2015 Serena Williams  United States Tennis
2016 Claressa Shields  United States Boxing
2017 Katie Ledecky  United States Swimming

Team Sport Winner[edit]

Sue Bird, on offense
Team Sport Winner
Year Winner Sport
1993 United States Sheryl Swoopes Basketball
1994 United States Lisa Fernandez Softball
1995 United States Rebecca Lobo Basketball
1996 United States Teresa Edwards Basketball
1997 United States Mia Hamm Soccer
1998 United States Cynthia Cooper Basketball
1999 United States Mia Hamm Soccer
2000 United States Serena Williams & Venus Williams Tennis
2001 United States Lisa Leslie Basketball
2002 United States Sue Bird Basketball
2003 United States Lisa Leslie Basketball
2004 United States Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Volleyball
2005 United States Cat Osterman Softball
2006 United States Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Volleyball
2007 United States Monica Abbott Softball
2008 United States Jessica Mendoza Softball
2009 United States Jessie Vetter Hockey
2010 United States Katie O'Donnell Field hockey
2011 United States Abby Wambach Soccer
2012 United States Alex Morgan Soccer
2013 United States Candace Parker Basketball
2014 United States Meryl Davis Ice dancing
2015 United States Carli Lloyd Soccer
2016 United States Ashleigh Johnson Water polo
2017 United States Maya Moore Basketball

Amateur Winner[edit]

Mary Lou Retton, with President Reagan
Amateur Winner (1980–1992)
Year Winner
1980 Mary Decker
1981 Tracy Caulkins
1982 Mary Decker
1983 Mary Decker
1984 Mary Lou Retton
1984 Joan Benoit
1985 Michele Mitchell
1986 Debi Thomas
1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1988 Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1989 Janet Evans
1990 Lori Norwood
1991 Jean Driscoll
1992 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Professional Winner[edit]

Professional Winner (1980–1992)
Year Winner
1980 Tracy Austin
1981 Chris Evert
1982 Martina Navratilova
1983 Martina Navratilova
1984 Martina Navratilova
1985 Libby Riddles
1986 Lynette Woodard
1987 Susan Butcher
1988 Susan Butcher
1989 Steffi Graf
1990 Paula Newby-Fraser
1991 Meg Mallon
1992 Pat Bradley


  1. ^ a b c "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. August 1, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "2012 Annual Salute to Women in Sports". Women's Sports Foundation. Retrieved May 2, 2013.

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