Colorado: Rio 2016 triathlon gold medalist and twice world champion Gwen Jorgensen is nominated among the 20 women by the Women’s Sports Foundation for the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year Award.
The Women’s Sports Foundation’s award honors the year’s best in women’s sports, categorized under 10 individual athletes and 10 athletes who participate in team sports. The Olympic Champion Triathlete was nominated for her gold medal winning performances at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama and the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, where she clinched her second straight world title after an unprecedented undefeated season.
The finalists of the awards were selected based on athletic performances between Aug. 1, 2015 and Aug. 21, 2016. In a voting option available online on sportswomanoftheyear.com, public can vote as a 50% party other than the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee in selecting the award winners. The winners will be those two athletes who receive the highest combined share of a public vote (50 percent of composite) and the Awards Committee vote (50 percent of composite).
The list of sportswomen who are selected as Individual sport finalists is as under:
- Simone Biles, Gymnastics, USA
- Kayla Harrison, Judo, USA
- Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlon, USA
- Lydia Ko, golf, New Zealand
- Katie Ledecky, Swimming, USA
- Helen Maroulis, Wrestling, USA
- Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Track & Field, USA
- Claressa Sheilds, Boxing, USA
- Elaine Thompson, Track & Field, Jamaica
- Serena Williams, Tennis, USA
The list of sportswomen who are selected as Team sport finalists is as under:
- Valerie Arioto, Softball, USA
- Heather Erickson, Sitting Volleyball, USA
- Helen Glover & Heather Stanning, Rowing, Great Britain
- Ashleigh Johnson, Water Polo, USA
- Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey, USA
- Carli Lloyd, Soccer, USA
- Alexandra Danson, Field Hockey, Great Britain
- Maya Moore, Basketball, USA
- Kira Walkenhorst & Laura Ludwig, Beach Volleyball, Germany
- Zhu Ting, Volleyball, China
All the sportswomen have made their mark during the period with their supreme performances coming off at different international platforms, Olympics being the highest one.