The world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player and a new world record holder in archery earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month Awards.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was named Female Athlete of the Month after she maintained her No. 1 ranking by defeating Maria Sharapova in the semifinals on her way to earning her 14th career singles title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Hills, Calif.
Christopher Perkins of Canada was named Male Athlete of the Month after the 18-year-old shot a world record 599 points in the 18 meters at the Canadian Indoor Championships.
Brigham Young University basketball star Jimmer Fredette finished second on the male ballot, after he led the nation in scoring with more than 28 points per game. In the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, he averaged 33 points, four assists and nearly five rebounds per game in leading BYU to its first Sweet Sixteen (third round) appearance in 30 years.
German biathlete Juliane Döll finished second on the female side after she won three titles in one week at the European Biathlon Championships. The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting.
Finishing third on the male ballot was national champion wrestler Anthony Robles, who won the NCAA 125-pound title despite being born with one leg. Third on the female ballot was Gonzaga University basketball player Courtney Vandersloot. The senior guard became the first male or female player in NCAA basketball to record over 3,000 points and 1,000 assists for a career. She led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance (regional finals).
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and submit your vote, and return to the website the first week of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. Winners will be announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.