Athlete of the Month Ballot

November 2021

Male

Canelo Alvarez, boxing, Mexico
Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez defeated American Caleb Plant by eleventh round TKO and exited the ring as boxing’s undisputed middleweight champion – holding all four title belts in the weight class. Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 TKOs) is just the sixth fighter to unify all belts in one division in the four-belt era.

Leon Draisaitl, hockey, Germany
Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl led the NHL with 15 goals, 27 points, and four game-winning goals as the Oilers raced to a 15-5 overall record through the month of November. Draisitl recorded at least one point in 10 of his 13 games and recorded at least three points in six games. He earned the NHL’s First Star award for the month.

Hassan Haskins, football, United States
Michigan senior running back Hassan Haskins earned Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors after rushing for 169 yards and a school single-game record five touchdowns as the Wolverines defeated rival Ohio State 42-27 on 27 November 2021 in Ann Arbor. The win catapulted the Wolverines (11-1) into the Big Ten Conference championship game.

Jacob Kiplimo, running, Uganda
Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo set a half marathon world record with a time of 57:31 in Lisbon, Portugal, on 21 November 2021. Kiplimo shaved a full second off the previous record held by Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie since 2020.

Ilya Shymanovich, swimming, Belarus
Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich set a world record with a time of 55.32 seconds in the men’s short course 100-meter breaststroke in International Swimming League (ISL) competition on 19 November 2021. In addition to his world record, Shymanovich also won the men’s 200m breaststroke race.

Alexander Zverev, tennis, Germany
Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 and never faced a break point to win the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals championship in Turin on 21 November 2021. Zverev defeated the world’s two top-ranked players in Medvedev and No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to earn the title.

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Female

Erin Jackson, speed skating, United States
American speed skater Erin Jackson won her third gold of the season with a win in the women’s 500 meters event on the International Skating Union Speed Skating World Cup circuit in Norway on 20 November 2021. Jackson finished with a time of 37.60 seconds to win her third event in three tries this season.

Peres Jepchirchir, running, Kenya
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir became the first Olympic marathon champion to win the New York City Marathon when she crossed the finish line first on 7 November 2021. Jepchirchir – who won gold in the marathon at Tokyo 2020 – crossed the finish line in New York with a winning time of 2:22:39.

Garbine Muguruza, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to win the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals championship in Mexico on 17 November 2021. The win moved Muguruza up to No. 3 in the world women’s tennis rankings.

Alysia Rissling, monobob, Canada
Canada’s Alysia Rissling won her fifth monobob gold in five starts during competition in Park City, Utah, on 24 November 2021. The women’s monobob is a new discipline featuring an individual bobsled that will debut at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States
American Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the slalom at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup event in Killington, Vt., on 28 November 2021. It was Shiffrin’s 71st overall win and 46th career slalom gold, tying the record held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark – a record for any Alpine skier, male or female, in an individual discipline.

Kamila Valieva, figure skating, Russia
Russia’s Kamila Valieva broke the women’s short program world record with a score of 87.42 in the event at the Rostelecom Cup event in Sochi, Russia, on 26 November 2021. Valieva’s score bested compatriot Alena Kostronaia’s previous record of 85.45 set in 2019.