Athlete of the Month Ballot

November 2019


Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States
American figure skater Nathan Chen won gold at the Internationaux de France with a score of 297.16 and qualified for his fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final. It was Chen’s eighth consecutive win dating back to the 2018 World Championships.

Luka Doncic, basketball, Slovenia
In 14 November games, Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic of Slovenia averaged 32.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. He’s just the third player in NBA history to average a 30-point triple-double in a calendar month, joining Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.

Lamar Jackson, football, United States
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had one of the most statistically-impressive months for an NFL quarterback in history, completing 64-of-84 passes for 777 yards in November. Jackson passed for a league-best 13 touchdowns and added three rushing touchdowns without throwing an interception in the month. His passer rating of 143.7 was the third highest in any full month of NFL play ever.

Edwin Kurgat, cross country, Kenya
Iowa State University runner Edwin Kurgat of Kenya won the 2019 NCAA Men’s Cross Country individual championship with a time of 30:32.7 in the 10-kilometer event at Indiana State University on 23 November 2019. Kurgat was also the Big 12 Conference individual champion.

Deontay Wilder, boxing, United States
American boxer Deontay Wilder retained his world heavyweight title with a seventh-round knockout of Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in Las Vegas on 23 November 2019. Wilder retained his world title for the 10th time, surpassing consecutive title defenses of the great boxers Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier.

Chase Young, football, United States
Ohio State University defensive end Chase Young was named Walter Camp National Player of the Week after recording a career-high nine tackles, four tackles-for-loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles as the Buckeyes defeated Penn State 28-17 on 23 November 2019. Young’s three sacks helped him set the Ohio State single-season sack record with 16.5.


Brittany Bowe, speed skating, United States
American long track speed skater Brittany Bowe won gold in the 1,000-meter race and set a track record with a time of 1:15.354 at the world cup event in Belarus on 17 November 2019. Bowe also took bronze in the 1,500-meter race on the previous day.

Alena Kostornaia, figure skating, Russia
Russia’s Alena Kostornaia posted a new world record score in the ladies’ short program with an 85.04 at the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Sapporo, Japan, on 22 November 2019.

Weini Kelati, cross country, Eritrea
New Mexico’s Weini Kelati of Eritrea won the 2019 NCAA Women’s Cross Country individual championship with a time of 19:47.5 in the 6-kilometer event at Indiana State University on 23 November 2019.

Joyciline Jepkosgei, marathon, Kenya
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:23:32 in her debut at the event on 3 November 2019. Jepkosgei, 25, held off perennial marathon favorite Mary Keitany in the event by 54 seconds.

Hannah Roberts, BMX, United States
American BMX rider Hannah Roberts became the first woman ever to land a 360-tailwhip in competition and won the world title in BMX freestyle in Chengdu, China, on 10 November 2019. It was the second world title in the last three years for Roberts, who also won all three previous World Cup events this season.

Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States
American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 41st slalom skiing world cup victory – breaking a 33-year-old record held by Sweden’s Igngemar Stenmark – and became the first skier to win four World Cup races in Levi, Finland, in November.

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