March Athlete of the Month Ballot
Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States
American figure skater Nathan Chen defended his world title at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships in Japan on 23 March 2019. Chen scored a total of 323.42 points to fend off Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who took second place. For the season, Chen won three gold medals on the grand prix circuit, a third consecutive national title and a second consecutive world title.
Joshua Cheptegei, athletics, Uganda
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won the men’s elite title at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Cross-Country Championship in Denmark on 30 March 2019. Cheptegei became the first Ugandan to win the men’s elite title with a time of 31:40 in the 10km race.
Grant Holloway, track and field, United States
University of Florida athlete Grant Holloway broke a North American indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.35 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on 9 March 2019. Holloway also won the 60-meter sprint title in 6.50 seconds and finished third in the long jump with a leap of 7.95 meters. Holloway is just the third man to win the NCAA sprint-hurdles double and the first man to win the NCAA hurdles three times.
Kevin Kisner, golf, United States
American golfer Kevin Kisner won his first World Golf Championship with a victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas on 31 March 2019. Kisner never trailed in the final round and sealed the 3 & 2 win with a 20-foot putt for birdie to hold off fellow American Matt Kuchar.
Connor McDavid, hockey, Canada
Canada’s Connor McDavid earned NHL First Star honors after leading the league with 20 assists and 27 total points for the Edmonton Oilers in the month of March. McDavid registered at least one point in 12 of 14 games in the month, including an eight-game multi-point streak, the longest run of its kind since 2007.
Cassius Winston, basketball United States
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston notched a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, to lead the Spartans to a 68-67 win over Duke in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Elite Eight on 31 March 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Bianca Andreescu, tennis, Canada
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu topped three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Indian Wells Masters tournament on 17 March 2019. Andreescu, 18, is the first wild card winner and second youngest to claim the title in tournament history.
Brittany Bowe, speed skating, United States
American speed skater Brittany Bowe set a world record on her way to winning gold in the season’s final 1,000-meter world cup race in Salt Lake City in March. Bowe finished with a time of 1:11.610 to set her personal best time, track record and world record.
Sabrina Ionescu, basketball, United States
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu set a school record for points in an NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament game with 31 points and led the Ducks to an 88-84 win against Mississippi State in the women’s Elite Eight on 31 March 2019 in Portland. The win propelled Oregon to its first women’s Final Four.
Lilly King, swimming, United States
Indiana University swimmer Lilly King became the first woman to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in less than 56 seconds, finishing in 55.73, and won gold in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Swimming Championships in Austin, Texas, on 22 March 2019. King is the first woman to complete a four-year sweep of both breaststroke disciplines.
Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States
American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin won three International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup gold medals in events in the Czech Republic and Andorra in March 2019 and captured season titles in overall, giant slalom, slalom and super-G.
Alina Zagitova, figure skating, Russia
Russia’s Alina Zagitova won the women’s gold medal at the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championship in Japan on 22 March 2019. Zagitova scored a total of 237.50 points, 12.74 more than her nearest competitor, to win the title.
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