January 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

1. Patrice Bergeron, hockey, Canada
Boston Bruins defensive forward Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal of the season on 23 January 2018 against New Jersey, increasing his streak with at least 20 goals to five straight seasons – and nine overall. Bergeron, who was named the NHL’s “First Star” for the week of 8 January 2018, also has 20 assists this season.

2. Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States
Nathan Chen won the United States national figure skating title in San Jose, Calif., on 6 January 2018. Chen landed five quadruple jumps and continued his undefeated season, winning the U.S. title by more than 40 points.

3. Christian Coleman, track and field, United States
American sprinter Christian Coleman set an indoor world record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.37 seconds at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina on 19 January 2018. The record took .02 seconds off the previous world mark set in 1998 by Maurice Greene.

4. DeMarcus Cousins, basketball, United States
New Orleans forward DeMarcus Cousins became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to record a 40-20-10 triple-double in an NBA game after collecting 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one block in a 132-128 win for the Pelicans against the Chicago Bulls on 22 January 2018.

5.  Roger Federer, tennis, Switzerland
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer won his 20th career Grand Slam final with a five-set win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final in Melbourne on 28 January 2018. Federer won 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

6. Tua Tagovailoa, football, United States
University of Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named Offensive MVP of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game as the Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime on 8 January 2018 in Atlanta, Ga. Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns – including the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime – in just one half of play after being substituted for starter Jalen Hurts.

Female

1. Shakyla Hill, basketball, United States
Grambling State University’s Shakyla Hill collected the first quadruple-double in women’s Division 1 basketball in 25 years in a 93-71 win over Alabama State on 3 January 2018. A junior guard, Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the win.

2. Brittany Lincicome, golf, United States
American golfer Brittany Lincicome opened the LPGA season by winning her second consecutive Bahamas LPGA Classic title on 28 January 2018 at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Lincicome shot a 12-under-par 207 to win the tournament.

3. Mikaela Shiffrin, skiing, United States
American skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her 41st World Cup victory by taking gold in the women’s slalom at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup in Flachau, Austria, on 9 January 2018. With the win, Shiffrin became the first female alpine skier in more than 20 years to win five consecutive World Cup events.

4. Heidi Weng, cross-country skiing, Norway
Norwegian cross-country skier Heidi Weng won her second consecutive Tour de Ski title on 6 January 2018 in Cavalese, Italy. The Tour de Ski is a yearly cross-country skiing event modeled after cycling’s Tour de France. It consists of competition stages in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

5. Caroline Wozniacki, tennis, Denmark
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory against Simona Halep in the Australian Open women’s singles final in Melbourne on 27 January 2018. With the win, Wozniacki replaced Halep as the world’s top-ranked women’s player.

6. Alina Zagitova, figure skating, Russia
Russia’s Alina Zagitova, 15, won the women’s European title at the International Skating Union (ISU) European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on 20 January 2018, defeating heavy favorite Evgenia Medvedeva. Zagitova scored 159.97 points in free skating and 80.27 points in the short program to win the overall title with 238.2 points.

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