Athlete of the Year 2016 Ballot


Marcel Hirscher (Ski Racing, AUS)
In 2015, Marcel Hirscher became the first male alpine skier to win the overall World Cup title four times in a row. Victories included the World Cup slalom men’s race in Zagreb, Croatia; the giant slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland; and the giant slalom at the Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Kransjska Gora, Slovenia.
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Tom Brady (Football, USA)
Tom Brady completed a Super Bowl record 37 passes, including four touchdowns, to lead the New England Patriots in 2015 to their fourth Super Bowl victory and earn his third Super Bowl MVP award. Brady is the first NFL starting quarterback to appear in six Super Bowls and is now tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl victories as a quarterback.
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Novak Djokovic (Tennis, SRB)
The number one ranked male tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles – Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. The 28-year-old Serbian finished the season atop the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, as he did in 2011, 2012 and 2014. His Grand Slam titles now stand at 10. In Grand Slams, Djokovic has won a record five Australian Open, three Wimbledon and two U.S. Open titles.
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Adam Peaty (Swimming, GBR)
Adam Peaty of Great Britain won the 100 meter breaststroke and set the world record at the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Center. His world record setting time was 57.92 seconds. He also won two individual golds at the FINA World Championships in Russia. Peaty also holds the world record for the 50 meter breast stroke at 26.42 seconds.
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LeBron James (Basketball, USA)
LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a successful season culminating with the NBA Finals, where he produced the first 40-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist performance in playoff history in Game 5 of the Finals at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors.
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Jordan Spieth (Golf, USA)
Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters in record fashion, carding an 18-under-par 270 to match the major’s mark for 72 holes, set by Tiger Woods in 1997. He followed that up with an impressive win at the U.S. Open. By winning the Open, he became the youngest golfer in history to win two majors, eclipsing the record of Bobby Jones. He followed up with a win at the 2015 Tour Championship, which clinched the 2015 FedEx Cup and a number one ranking in his sport.
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Mike Trout (Baseball, USA)
Mike Trout, center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB), became the first man in history to win back-to-back All-Star MVP awards. He also finished second in the League MVP balloting, giving him four top 2 finishes in his five major league seasons. In 2015, Trout, 23, became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, surpassing previous record holder Alex Rodriguez. Trout finished the season with 41 homers and 90 runs batted in.
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Usain Bolt (Track and Field, JAM)
SA six-time Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica, Usain Bolt captured the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4X100 meter relay at the IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Beijing, China, during 2015. His winning time in the 100 was 9.79, and his 200 meter time of 19.55 was the best in the world this year. He is the reigning Olympic champion in the same three events, as well as the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting.
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Stephen Curry (Basketball, USA)
Reigning MVP and two-time NBA all-star guard for the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry averaged 26 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game to lead the Warriors to the NBA World Championship. It was the team’s first championship in 40 years, and they continued the momentum with a 20-0 start this season, best in NBA history.
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Renaud Lavillenie (Track and Field, FRA)
Renaud Lavillenie, who won Olympic gold in the pole vault in 2012 and currently holds the world record vault of 20 feet 2.5 inches (6.16 meters), continued to excel in 2015 by breaking the men’s outdoor IAAF Diamond League Pole Vault record. Lavillenie has been the pole vault overall winner of the IAFF Diamond League for six consecutive years, from 2010 to 2015.
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Chris Froome (Cyclist, GBR)
Chris Froome made history in 2015 by becoming the first British cyclist to win two editions of the Tour de France (2013 and 2015), and the first to win both the overall title and the King of the Mountains classification.
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Lindsey Vonn (Ski Racing, USA)
An American World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team, Lindsey Vonn has won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing – downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined – and has won 68 World Cup races in her career through 2015, an all-time women’s record. With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals, and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn is the most successful American ski racer in history.
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Brittany Bowe (Speedskating, USA)
Brittany Bowe continued a successful career speed skating by winning gold medals in the 2015 World Single Distance Championships in the 1000 and 1500 meter events, as well as the silver in the 500 meters. She also won the 2015 World Sprint Championships.
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Gwen Jorgensen (Triathlete, USA)
The 28-year-old, two-time USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Female Athlete of the Year, Gwen Jorgensen claimed her sixth straight World Triathlon Series event on March 7, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She also won gold at the 2014 World Championships.
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Genzebe Dibaba (Track and Field, ETH)
Genzebe Dibaba broke a 22-year-old world record in the women’s 1500 meters when she clocked 3.50.07 during a Diamond League meet in Monaco and won the women’s 5,000 meter race at the Diamond League meet in Paris, France.
Photo by Augustas Didžgalvis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Serena Williams (Tennis, USA)
Serena Williams won the women’s French Open Title in Paris, France, in 2015. The win was her third French open title and third consecutive major title win since 2014 and her 20th Grand slam overall title. Williams defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 at Wimbledon to complete the “Serena Slam” — winning four straight majors — for the second time.
Photo by Edwin Martinez from The Bronx (US Open 2013 Part 2 603 Uploaded by Flickrworker) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Carli Lloyd (Soccer, USA)
Carli Lloyd in 2015 became the first player in World Cup Soccer history to score a hat trick in the women’s championship game; she scored all three goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game. During World Cup play, she scored a total of six goals and was presented the golden ball award as the best player for leading the U.S. to its first World Cup title since 1999.
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Katie Ledecky (Swimming, USA)
At the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Katie Ledecky bested her own world record in the preliminaries of the 1500 meter freestyle race. Her winning time and new world record was 15 minutes 27.71 seconds. She is an Olympic gold medalist, nine-time world champion, and current world record holder in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle (long course) and holds the fastest-ever times in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles.
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Elena Delle Donne (Basketball, USA)
Elena Delle Donne was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2015 after she led the Chicago Sky to a 21-13 record, and averaged a league high 23.4 points in 31 games, scoring at least 40 points twice, 30 points five times, and 20 points 21 times. She also shot a WNBA-best 95 percent from the free throw line and finished third in the league in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and blocked shots (2.06 bpg).
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Lydia Ko (Golf, NZL)
Lydia Ko, 18, became the youngest winner ever of a major after producing a stunning final round to win the Evian Championship in France with her 16-under-par score for the tournament. Ko also won the LPGA Taiwan Championship at Miramar in Taipei, Taiwan. She shot a 7-under 65 on the final round for a total of 20-under 268 for the tournament.
Photo by Wojciech Migda (Wmigda) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL (http://www.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Simona Halep (Tennis, ROU)
The 3rd-ranked player in the world, Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic in the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open, giving the Romanian the biggest title of her career and a WTA Tour-leading third tournament victory of the year.
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Breanna Stewart (Basketball, USA)
Breanna Stewart won her 3rd straight Final Four MVP award leading the UConn Huskies to their 3rd consecutive national Championship. UConn’s record during Stewart’s three years is 113-5. In 2015 she was awarded the Associated Press Player of the Year Award and the Naismith Trophy, among other honors.
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Simone Biles (Gymnastics, USA)
At only 18 years of age, gymnast Simone Biles is a three-time World all-around champion (2013-2015), three-time United States national all-around champion (2013-2015), three-time World floor champion (2013-2015), two-time World balance beam champion (2014 and 2015), and a member of the gold-medal-winning American team at the 2014 and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She holds the record for most gold medals won by a female gymnast in the history of the World Championships.