Ledecky, Dressel, Finke, Jacoby Nominated for 3 Golden Goggles Awards Each

USA Swimming has announced the nominees for the 2021 Golden Goggles Awards. The 2021 edition will be hosted in Miami on December 7 – the event’s first time outside of LA or New York since first being held in 2004.

The event will be hosted by Mike Tirico, the famed NBC sports personality and commentator who first waded into swimming over the summer as the television play-by-play caller next to Rowdy Gaines during the U.S. Olympic Trials.

A committee will vote, and that will be combined along with a fan vote (in an undisclosed ratio) to decide the winners. Online fan voting is open through November 18.

As is tradition, nominees for the Male and Female Athlete of the Year include individual medalists from each year’s “Operation Gold” meet, which this year was the Olympic Games.

Katie LedeckyCaeleb DresselLydia Jacoby, and Bobby Finke lead all athletes with three nominations each.

  • SwimSwam’s unofficial ballot will be produced later this week.

2021 Golden Goggles Nominees

Breakout Performer of the Year
This award is given to the athlete whose performance(s) stand out in relation to other years, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

Perseverance Award
This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance(s) in 2021, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

Coach of the Year
This award is given to the coach whose athlete(s) performed at the highest level throughout the year, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Ron Aitken
  • Jack Bauerle
  • Todd DeSorbo
  • Greg Meehan
  • Anthony Nesty
  • Gregg Troy

Relay Performance of the Year
This award is given to the best team relay performance, male or female. The performance considered must be a finals performance, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Women’s 4 x 200m Free Relay (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Men’s 4 x 100m Free Relay (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay (2020 Olympic Games)

Female Race of the Year
This award is given to the female swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Lydia Jacoby – 100m Breaststroke (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Katie Ledecky – 800m Freestyle (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Katie Ledecky – 1500m Freestyle (2020 Olympic Games)

Male Race of the Year 

This award is given to the male swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Caeleb Dressel – 100m Freestyle (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Caeleb Dressel – 100m Butterfly (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Bobby Finke – 800m Freestyle (2020 Olympic Games)
  • Chase Kalisz – 400m Individual Medley (2020 Olympic Games)

Female Athlete of the Year 

This award is given to the top female swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Male Athlete of the Year 

This award is given to the top male swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2020 Olympic Games.

On November 29, the Golden Goggles online silent auction will open with all proceeds benefiting the USA Swimming Foundation. Please visit www.usaswimming.org/foundation#golden-goggle-awards for more information.

 

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HOO love
9 months ago

My votes:
Breakout performer of the year- Emma Weyant
Perseverance- Annie Lazor
Coach of the year- Todd DeSorbo
Relay of the year- Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Men’s race- Bobby Finke 800 FR
Women’s race- Lydia Jacoby 100 BR
Male swimmer- Caeleb Dressel
Female swimmer- Katie Ledecky

gotta support the hoos! go emma and todd!

Mr Piano
9 months ago

I feel like the USA female swim of the year is actually Ledecky’s 400 free. It was silver, but 3:57 is really fast…

Steve Nolan
9 months ago

Is it bad if I want Meehan to win Coach of the Year just to see the comment section after that one?

katie’s gator arc
Reply to  Steve Nolan
9 months ago

don’t put that out there… just don’t

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Steve Nolan
9 months ago

I do not claim your negative energy

Steve Nolan

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M d e
9 months ago

I 100% agree.

Greg Peter
9 months ago

Swimswam Most popular Male swimmer award – Michael Andrew. Most popular female swimmer award – Lilly king. Most popular coach – Ray Looze.

McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
Reply to  Greg Peter
9 months ago

presenting this award – Guerra and Hoosier Daddy

coachymccoachface
Reply to  McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
9 months ago

Then we can know who they are!

PFA
9 months ago

There should be a best fan favorite award category for the men and women.

Shhhh
Reply to  PFA
9 months ago

I can tell you who wouldn’t win that (hint they are both breaststrokers)

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Shhhh
9 months ago

Underrated comment

matt
9 months ago

female athlete is ledecky by an inch

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  matt
9 months ago

Her performance at the Olympics was better than any other us female by a mile regardless of her off times

Shhhh
Reply to  matt
9 months ago

Two individual golds one silver and a clutch relay performance it’s not even close

Deepblue
9 months ago

I would give perseverance to Tom Shields, but then again Annie Lazor DID have to put up with Lilly King for an entire extra year. Tough call.

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