NEW YORK (AP) Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky earned Athlete of the Year honors for the third consecutive year at the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards.
Phelps won six medals this summer, including five gold, and took home the male Athlete of the Year award for the seventh time. Phelps also won Race of the Year on Monday for his 200-meter butterfly win at the Rio Olympics and Relay Performance of the Year for the 4×100 freestyle in Rio. He was also the fifth recipient of USA Swimming’s IMPACT Award, a lifetime achievement honor for contributions to the sport.
Ledecky won female Athlete of the Year for a record setting fourth consecutive year. Ledecky won four golds at Rio, joining Debbie Meyer as the only women to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events in the same Olympics.
Simone Manuel won female Race of the Year for her gold in the 100 freestyle in Rio, when she set an American and Olympic record at 52.70 seconds.
Usain Bolt makes it look easy.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt was a precocious 21-year-old that begged his coach to let him run in both the 100- and 200-meter sprint. Even at the ripe young age of 21, fans watched in awe and anticipation as Usain ‘Lighting’ Bolt took off, winning “by daylight.”
Four years later at the 2012 London Olympic games, Bolt did it again. He exploded off the block, sprinting his way to victory in order to keep his title as the king of the 100-meter sprint.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics fans watched on as Bolt took a different approach to winning. He didn’t blow away the field right away as per usual. He watched Justin Gatlin pull ahead to a sizable lead. Yet, in typical Bolt fashion, he ran Gatlin down, winning the 100-meter sprint, keeping up his image of impenetrability.
Throughout Bolt’s career his consistency and drive have never wavered. It doesn’t matter who has the lead, if there’s a will, there’s a way with Bolt.
An incredible athlete and an even better showman, Bolt’s retirement leaves a gaping hole to be filled. Every time the gun goes off and the fans roar, Bolt is ready to perform. It’s as if the roar of the crowd energizes Bolt, propelling him forward as he sprints his way to victory, time and time again.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn has pulled out of the World Cup Alpine combined race on Sunday, completing a miserable weekend in Crans Montana for the American skier.
Vonn crashed in the super-G on Saturday, although after an anxious wait she was able to ski down the course.
The former Olympic champion also withdrew from another combined race on Friday, along with overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and their American teammate Laurenne Ross, because of dangerous conditions on the course. In posts on social media that night she said she had food poisoning, and the next morning had not fully recovered but would race.
Late Saturday she wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately after getting food poisoning and crashing today I don’t feel healthy enough to safely race tomorrow so I will not be starting.”
Vonn pulled out of Friday’s race after the first three competitors crashed, and one was taken away on a stretcher with a knee injury.
The event was postponed and the start was lowered but Vonn didn’t want to risk herself, and criticized organizers for not cancelling the race.
Vonn returned to competition only last month after nearly a year out with knee and arm injuries.
The announcement of her name on Saturday as she prepared to start the super-G prompted a smattering of boos among spectators. There were loud gasps when she lost control and fell, sliding several feet before crashing into the safety netting.
There was a worrying few minutes as Vonn remained down. Other competitors were clearly concerned for her. However, the four-time World Cup overall champion was able to ski down to the finish area, where she was greeted with loud cheers.
Vonn was visibly upset and appeared to be crying as she was comforted by teammate Julia Mancuso.