PHOENIX, Arizona, March 2. OLYMPIAN Michael Phelps, Paralympian Jessica Long and diver Troy Dumais, coincidentally both swimmers from Baltimore, Md., have been named as one of 15 finalists for the James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to the top amateur athlete in the United States.
Fans can vote for the Sullivan Award winner through March 31 by clicking here. AAU officials, USOC members and college sports information directors will also be among the voters for this year's award. Fan voting will count toward one-third of the final tally.
The other 12 nominees for the 2006 Sullivan Award are: Joey Cheek (speedskating), Sasha Cohen (figure skating), Chris Leak (football), Joakim Noah (basketball), Apolo Ohno, (speedskating), Candace Parker (basketball), Brady Quinn (football), Angela Ruggiero (ice hockey), Troy Smith (football), Hannah Teter (snowboarding), Joe Warren (wrestling) and Bill Zadick (wrestling).
Recent winners of the award include J.J. Redick (2005), Paul Hamm (2004), Michael Phelps (2003), Sarah Hughes (2002), Michelle Kwan (2001), Rulon Gardner (2000), Coco Miller (1999), Chamique Holdsclaw (1998) and Peyton Manning (1997).