WINNER: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
SPECTACULAR DISPLAYS at the London Olympic Games have produced a string of impressive candidates for nominations for the 2013 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.
British heptathlon gold medal winner Jessica Ennis, one of the heroes of the home crowd in the London Olympic Stadium, is one of many contenders, including a trio of multi-medal American Olympians in Allyson Felix, Missy Franklin and Serena Williams.
Among the other outstanding Olympic performers were Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the face of the Jamaican women’s sprint team. She won gold in the 100 metres and silver medals in the 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay to confirm her position as the fastest woman in the world.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognised as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the awards ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports more than 100 community sports projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of over one-and-a-half million young people.
Laureus World Sports Academy Member Nadia Comaneci, who achieved the perfect ten score in gymnastics in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, said: "It is always fascinating in an Olympic year to try to pick out which athletes have achieved the most.
"The London Olympics certainly produced some outstanding performances across the board - on the track, in the pool, in the sports hall and on the tennis court. You have to be amazed at the ability of Serena Williams to keep coming back after injuries to produce one of her best years, both inside and outside the Olympics, but there were some great gold medal winning displays in all sports. It is going to be difficult for the media to choose just six of these great at hletes.”