Michael Phelps leads all athletes with 5 Golden Goggles nominations in 2016, per the official ballot released by USA Swimming today.
Phelps is up for Male Athlete of the Year, Male Race of the year for two separate races and Relay Performance of the Year for two separate relays.
Here’s the full list of nominees, per USA Swimming’s website:
Relay Performance of the Year
Men’s 4x100m Free Relay, 2016 Olympic Games
Women’s 4x200m Free Relay, 2016 Olympic Games
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, 2016 Olympic Games
Female Race of the Year
Simone Manuel, 100m Free, 2016 Olympic Games
Katie Ledecky, 800m Free, 2016 Olympic Games
Maya DiRado, 200m Back, 2016 Olympic Games
Lilly King, 100m Breast, 2016 Olympic Games
Fans can vote online for the next month to help determine the winners. SwimSwam will be releasing its official Golden Goggles ballot shortly, and tracking the fan vote over the next month until the winners are announced on November 21.
The USA Swimming press release to go along with the nominations is below:
After adding to his record-setting career total with six medals, including five gold, at the 2016 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) leads the way with five nominations for the 2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, set for Monday, Nov. 21, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
The nation’s top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the 13th Annual Golden Goggle Awards, the celebration and fundraising gala honoring the sport’s top performances of the year. This year’s event, emceed by NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, will once again mix swimming stars with celebrities, business leaders and entertainment icons in Times Square.
Full event details, including table and seat purchasing opportunities, can be found at GoldenGoggles.com.
Phelps’ five nominations include Male Athlete of the Year, Male Race of the Year for the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley at the Olympic Games and Relay Performance of the Year for the men’s 4x100m free relay and 4x100m medley relay in Rio. Phelps is a six-time winner of Male Athlete of the Year honors, including each of the last two years.
Earning three Golden Goggle nominations each were Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif./Stanford Swimming), Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif./SwimMAC Carolina), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics).
Ledecky is nominated for Female Athlete of the Year, Female Race of the Year for the 800m free in Rio and Relay Performance of the Year for the 4x200m free relay at the Olympic Games. She will look to become the first athlete – male or female – to win Golden Goggles’ Athlete of the Year honors in four consecutive years.
Golden Goggle Award nominations are based on the year’s top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2016 Olympic Games. The Americans topped the medal table in Rio de Janeiro with 33 total medals, including 16 gold. The complete list of 2016 Golden Goggle Award nominees by category is below.
Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 11. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot. Beginning later this week USA Swimming will highlight Golden Goggle Awards categories weekly on usaswimming.org and across its social media channels in the lead-up to the Nov. 21 event.
Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, which has the mission to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.