PARK CITY, UT (April 20) – Two-time Audi FIS World Cup overall champion and double World Championship gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) has been nominated as World Sportswoman of the Year for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.
Each year, the Laureus World Sports Academy honors the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports. Journalists from around the world generate athlete nominations with the eventual winners selected by a 46-member panel comprised of living sports legends.
Vonn's nomination stems from a historic season where she produced one of the most successful winters in international ski racing history with two gold medals at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and her second consecutive World Cup overall title – a first for American women.
In addition she clinched the World Cup downhill title for the second straight season and produced a female international record five straight World Cup super G wins en route to the discipline title. With 22 World Cup victories, Vonn is universally recognized as the most successful women in American ski racing history.
But above the records and trophies, Vonn stayed committed to serving as a positive ambassador for ski racing spending countless hours with young fans throughout the five-month season. "More than any record, I want to be good example to young athletes," said Vonn, who raced the final month of the season with a brace on her hand after surgery to repair a torn tendon in her right thumb.
The awards will be presented individually at a series of presentations throughout May and June. Also nominated in the World Sportswoman of the Year category is Venus Williams (America, Tennis), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia, Athletics), Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia, Athletics), Lorena Ochoa (Mexico, Golf) and Stephanie Rice (Australia, Swimming).
For a complete list of Laureus nominees, visit laureus.com.