Missy Franklin Wins AAU’s Sullivan Award As Nation’s Top Amateur Athlete

  10 Braden Keith | April 16th, 2013 | National, News

Missy Franklin has been named the winner of the 83rd annual Sullivan Award, which is handed out by the Amateur Athletic Union to the world’s top amateur athlete every year.

Franklin won the honor over fellow finalists Liz Brenner, a four-sport athlete at the University of Oregon, and junior weightlifter Darren Barnes.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the AAU Headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday. She becomes the 12th swimmer to win the award in its long and prestigious history.

  • 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
  • Missy Franklin 2013

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That is one heck of a picture.

What year was Biondi made a finalist?
Was that 1989 when he went against Evans or before?

He must have had very strong competitors.

Because I’d rate Biondi’s 1988 far stronger than Franklin’s 2012.

For a swimmer to be awarded the Sullivan Award is a big accomplishment. The AAU has a small swimming program geared to the novice level swimmers.
Check out her acceptance speech


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