LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR 2017 NOMINEES
Awarded to the sportswoman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement - such as consecutive or multiple world, continental, international or national and major championship titles or the establishment of world records or best performances.
(United States) Gymnastics
Won four gold medals and a bronze as she became one of the most exciting stars of the Rio Olympics. At 19, she is already the most decorated American gymnast with a career total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, including 14 gold.
(United States) Athletics
Allyson Felix won two gold medals in 4x100 and 4x400 metres relays and a silver in the 400 metres in Rio, which took her career total of Olympic medals to six gold and three silver. She is the only female track athlete to win six Olympic gold medals.
Became oldest player, at 28, to achieve world No.1 ranking for the first time. During the year won two Grand Slam titles: the Australian Open, where she beat Serena Williams in the final, and the US Open. Also won the Olympic silver medal in Rio.
(United States) Swimming
The most decorated female athlete in Rio, she won four gold medals and a silver, becoming the first swimmer since 1968 to win 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle at the same Olympics. Also won gold in 4x200m and silver in 4x100m freestyle relays.
Completed a famous sprint double when she won gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres, becoming the first female to achieve this since Florence Griffith Joyner in Seoul in 1988. Also won silver in Rio as a member of the Jamaica 4x100m sprint relay team.
(United Kingdom) Cycling
Won two gold medals in Rio to make her Britain’s most successful female Olympian with four career golds. She won the Team Pursuit and the Omnium, as she did in London in 2012. She is the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history.