Missy Franklin has been nominated for the AAU’s Sullivan Award, which it now in its 83rd edition, honors America’s top Amateur Athlete each year.
Vote for Franklin here (one vote per person).
Franklin won 4 golds and 1 bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, despite being only a high school senior, including a new World Record in the long course 200 backstroke. Her 7 individual events were the most ever attempted by an American woman.
Other aquatics nominees are diver David Boudia, who became the first male to medal at the Olympics in diving since 1996; and Maggie Steffens, who despite being the youngest member of the American women’s water polo team and in leading them to the gold medal broke an Olympic record with 21 goals.
Full list of past award winners available here.
Past swimming winners of this award that is one of the oldest national sporting honors in the books. Only Track & Field has won this honor more times than swimming:
- Ann Curtis 1944
- Don Schollander 1964
- Debbie Meyer 1968
- John Kinsella 1970
- Mark Spitz 1971
- Tim Shaw 1975
- John Naber 1977
- Tracy Caulkins 1978
- Janet Evans 1989
- Michael Phelps 2003
- Jessica Long 2006