American swimmer Katie Ledecky has been nominated for the 2016 Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award.
Ledecky showed a historic range at the 2016 Rio Olympics winning 4 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver, including becoming only the second woman in history to win the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles individually at the Olympics. She also added a gold as part of the American 800 free relay and silver as part of the American 400 free relay.
Ledecky is one of 10 finalists for the individual sport award. The Olympic-centric list of nominees for the award includes one other swimmer – Gwen Jorgensen, who was a swimmer at the University of Wisconsin before shifting her focus to triathlon after college. Jorgensen, the sport’s dominant figure, became the first ever American to win the Olympic triathlon in Rio.
Individual sport nominees:
- Katie Ledecky, USA, Swimming
- Gwen Jorgensen, USA, Triathlon
- Simone Biles, USA, Gymnastics
- Kayla Harrison, USA, Judo
- Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Golf
- Tatyana McFadden, USA, Paralympic Track & Field
- Claressa Shields, USA, Boxing
- Elaine Thompson, Jamaica, Track & Field
- Serena Williams, USA, Tennis
- Helen Maroulis, USA, Wrestling
Another aquatic athlete was nominated for the team award as well. Team USA water polo goalie Ashleigh Johnson, who minded net en route to the Americans’ second-straight gold medal.
Team USA gave up only 32 goals in 6 games in the tournament: fewer than any other country in the tournament.
Team sport finalists:
- Ashleigh Johnson, USA, Water Polo
- Valerie Arioto, USA, Softball
- Heather Erickson, USA, Sitting Volleyball
- Helen Glover & Heather Stanning, Great Britain, Rowing
- Hilary Knight, USA, Hockey
- Carli Lloyd, USA, Soccer
- Alexandra Danson, Great Britain, Field Hockey
- Maya Moore, USA, Basketball
- Kira Walkenhorst & Laura Ludwig, Germany, Beach Volleyball
- Zhu Ting, China, Volleyball
Finalists were selected based on athletic performances between August 1, 2015 and August 21st, 2016. The public vote gets 50% of the selection with the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee getting the other 50% of the selection.