January 2019 Athlete of the Month Ballot


Johannes Thingnes Bø, biathlon, Norway
Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Bø captured his 11th win of the season in the men’s pursuit event at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup in Italy on 26 January 2019. Boe moved closer to the single-season Biathlon World Cup win record of 14 in a season, currently held by France’s Martin Fourcade.

Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States
Nathan Chen won his third consecutive United States Figure Skating men’s championship in Detroit, Mich., on 27 January 2019. Chen won with 342.22 total points, beating his nearest competitor by 58.21 points.

Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his record seventh Australian Open title and third consecutive Grand Slam crown after defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Melbourne on 28 January 2019.

Mikkel Hansen, handball, Denmark
The Danish left back Mikkel Hansen was selected as Most Valuable Player of the International Handball Federation (IHF) World Handball Championship 2019 after leading all tournament players with 72 goals, 13 more than the next highest player.

James Harden, basketball, United States
Houston Rockets guard James Harden earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honors after averaging 43.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.07 steals and 1.21 blocks during January 2019. Harden totaled 610 points, 122 rebounds, and 106 assists in the month and became just the sixth NBA player to register at least 600 points, 100 points and 100 assists in a single month.

Trevor Lawrence, football, United States
Clemson University freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named the most outstanding offensive player of the College Football Playoff National Championship game as the Tigers dethroned No. 1 Alabama 44-16 in Santa Clara, Calif., on 8 January 2019. Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and became the first freshman quarterback to win a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985.


Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States
Alysa Liu, 13, became the youngest-ever U.S. Figure Skating champion after finishing with 217.51 points at the championship event in Detroit, Mich., on 24 January 2019. Liu landed eight triple jumps and two axels in the same skate.

Katelyn Ohashi, gymnastics, United States
UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scored a perfect 10 on her floor routine and won the balance beam event with a score of 9.975 as the Bruins won the Collegiate Challenge against California, Michigan State and UC Davis on 12 January 2019 in Anaheim, Calif.

Naomi Osaka, tennis, Japan
Japan’s Naomi Osaka became the first women’s player since 2001 to win her first two Grand Slam titles back-to-back after defeating Petra Kvitova in the women’s final at the Australian Open on 26 January 2019. Osaka captured a dramatic championship match 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.

Kelly Sildaru, skiing, Estonia
Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru won gold, silver, and bronze in ski events at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., in January 2019. Sildaru, 16, took gold in the ski slopestyle event with a score of 99.00 points. She took silver in the ski superpipe event and bronze in the ski big air final.

Fanny Smith, ski cross, Switzerland
Fanny Smith of Switzerland won the World Cup ski cross title in Ontario on 26 January 2019, her 17th career World Cup title and fourth this season. She also won the World Cup event in Sweden earlier in the month to extend her lead in the overall ski cross standings.

Elana Meyers Taylor, bobsled, United States
American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor medaled in every women’s bobsled race in January 2019 and took gold in St. Moritz, Switzerland, ending Germany’s 24-race win streak in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races.

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