March 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot


Matt Davidson, baseball, United States
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson matched a Major League Baseball record with three opening day home runs in a win against the Kansas City Royals on 29 March 2018. Davidson became just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit three homers on opening day. He had two solo homers and added a three-run shot in a 14-7 win.

Juan Martin del Potro, tennis, Argentina
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro defeated Swiss star and the world’s top male tennis player Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 to win the men’s championship at the Indian Wells Masters in California on 18 March 2018.

Marcel Hirscher, alpine skiing, Austria
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher captured his fourth consecutive International Ski Federation (FIS) giant slalom title and his seventh consecutive overall World Cup title across all disciplines in March. Hirscher has now won the overall giant slalom title five times in his career. He also tied the record for most giant slalom wins in a season with 13 and won the season slalom title.

Connor McDavid, hockey, Canada
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid led the National Hockey League with 13 goals and 28 points in 16 games in March 2018 to earn the league’s “First Star” award. McDavid registered at least one point in 13 of his 16 appearances and scored a goal in 10 of those 16 games. He registered his 100th point of the season on 27 March, becoming just the seventh player in league history to record multiple 100-point seasons before age 22.

Michael Norman, track and field, United States
University of Southern California (USC) sprinter Michael Norman broke the 400 meter world indoor record on 10 March 2018 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas. Norman’s time of 44.52 seconds eclipsed Kerron Clement’s 13-year old record of 44.57 seconds.

Moritz Wagner, basketball, Germany
The University of Michigan’s Moritz Wagner had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Wolverines defeated Loyola University Chicago 69-57 in the NCAA men’s basketball national semifinal in San Antonio, Texas, on 31 March 2018. Wagner, a native of Germany, is just the third college player in history to record at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal, joining the legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Larry Bird.


Chloe Dygert, cycling, United States
American cyclist Chloe Dygert broke the world record twice and earned gold in the women’s individual pursuit event at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on 3 March 2018. Dygert took more than two seconds off the previous world record in her first race at the event, then broke the record again in the gold medal race, finishing with a world record time of 3:20.06.

Kendall Ellis, track and field, United States
University of Southern California (USC) senior sprinter Kendall Ellis set a collegiate record in the women’s 400 meter dash with a time of 50.34 seconds, defeating freshman sensation and Olympian Sydney McLaughlin (50.36 seconds). Ellis also anchored USC’s 4×400 meter relay to a first place finish with a time of 3:27.45.

Arike Ogunbowale, basketball, United States
Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, including the game-winning shot as time expired in overtime, as the Fighting Irish defeated previously unbeaten Connecticut 91-89 in the NCAA women’s basketball national semifinal on 30 March 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

Kaetlyn Osmond, figure skating, Canada
Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond won the world figure skating title on 23 March 2018 in Assago, Italy, winning the long program with 150.50 points for a total score of 223.23. She hit seven triples on the way to winning the title over event favorite Alina Zagitova of Russia.

Sloane Stephens, tennis, United States
American Sloane Stephens beat Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 7-6, 6-1 to win the Miami Open title on 31 March 2018 in Florida. The win catapulted Stephens into the women’s top 10 rankings for the first time in her career at No. 9.

Sara Takanashi, ski jumping, Japan
Japan’s Sara Takanashi extended her all-time ski jumping victory record after winning her 55th World Cup title after jumping 99.0 and 102.5 meters in Oberstdorf, Germany, on 25 March 2018. Takanashi set the record for most ski jumping wins the previous week after overtaking Austrian legend Gregor Schlierenzauer’s previous record of 53.

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