When it comes to winning, July’s top honorees for the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month are no strangers to it. Displaying expertise in baseball and soccer for years, respectively, Mike Trout and Carli Lloyd succeeded again, this time gaining favor with those making selections on the online public ballot.
Baseball all-star Trout beat the competition not only for the number one spot of athlete of the month, but also for his team. Professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB), Trout became the first man in history to win back-to-back All-Star Most Valuable Player awards. He led off the game with a homerun in the first inning to help get the team started on their way to a 6-3 and allow their league to earn home field advantage in the upcoming World Series in October. Then, four innings later, he roared down the first-base line to beat out what looked like a routine double-play ball – which led to a game-changing, two-run inning.
British cyclist Chris Froome came in second for the men after he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice when he safely reached the finish line in Paris at the end of the three-week race. Froome beat Colombia’s Nairo Quintana to the yellow jersey by 72 seconds with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde third. Golf sensation Zach Johnson came in third for the voting after winning the British Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, making this his second Open win.
On the women’s side, World Cup soccer sensation Carli Lloyd was the most voted athlete for the month of July. Lloyd is the first player in World Cup Soccer history to have scored a hat trick in the women’s championship game; she scored all three goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game; scoring a total of six goals during the World Cup play. She was later awarded the Golden Ball Award as the best player.
Golf star In Gee Chun was runner-up to Lloyd in the voting after she shot a 4-under-par 66 in the final round of the Women’s U.S. Open and finished at 8 under, becoming the first player to win her U.S. Open debut since countrywoman Birdie Kim in 2005. Serena Williams came in third in the voting for the women after she defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon to complete the “Serena Slam” – winning four straight majors – for the second time.
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and voting process. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month. Return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the Athletes of the Month. Your votes choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website its online publication, The Sport Update.
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