AOY SealDAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy’s 31st Annual Athletes of the Year ballot, part of the Annual Awards of Sport Program, is now open to the public for voting. The ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe. The male and female winners of this year’s awards will be announced on December 24, 2015.

Each month, the public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes, along with an Academy selection committee, choose the male and female winners monthly who then become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor. The monthly winners are announced on the Academy’s website, social media, and in the monthly e-newsletter, The Sport Update.

This year’s ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from nine countries representing a wide variety of athletic accomplishment. Their performances provided some of the top highlights and newsworthy stories in sport in 2015.

The nominees for the male Athlete of the Year include:

Marcel Hirscher (Ski Racing, AUS)
Tom Brady (Football, USA)
Novak Djokovic (Tennis, SRB)
Adam Peaty (Swimming, GBR)
LeBron James (Basketball, USA)
Jordan Spieth (Golf, USA)
Mike Trout (Baseball, USA)
Usain Bolt (Track and Field, JAM)
Stephen Curry (Basketball, USA)
Renaud Lavillenie (Track and Field, FRA)
Chris Froome (Cyclist, GBR)
Daniel Murphy (Baseball, USA)

The nominees for the female Athlete of the Year include:

Lindsey Vonn (Ski Racing, USA)
Brittany Bowe (Speed Skating, USA)
Gwen Jorgensen (Triathlete, USA)
Genzebe Dibaba (Track and Field, ETH)
Serena Williams (Tennis, USA)
Carli Lloyd (Soccer, USA)
Katie Ledecky (Swimming, USA)
Elena Delle Donne (Basketball, USA)
Lydia Ko (Golf, NZL)
Simona Halep (Tennis, ROU)
Breanna Stewart (Basketball, USA)
Simone Biles (Gymnastics, USA)

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