PHOENIX, Arizona, November 20. MICHAEL Phelps and Missy Franklin won the top honors last night at the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards in New York City, where the Olympic swim team gathered to recollect their amazing performances in London. Phelps won what is likely to be his final award as male athlete of the year, while Franklin won her second straight female athlete of the year award. Franklin received another award last night as part of the 400 medley relay team at the Olympics that won relay performance of the year.
Nathan Adrian ended a stranglehold on the male performance of the year award that had previously belonged to Phelps and Ryan Lochte, winning for his 100 free gold medal swim in London. And Katie Ledecky won two awards for her stunning 800 freestyle in London as female performance of the year and breakthrough swim of the year. Jessica Hardy won the perseverance award for years of work in securing a spot on the Olympic team after testing positive for a banned substance in 2008.
Eric Shanteau received the Athlete Humanitarian award, recognizing his work to raise awareness of testicular cancer after being diagnosed with it four years ago. And Bob Bowman was given the coach of the year award.
Swimming World was live tweeting at the Golden Goggles, and you can see our tweets in our recap article on swimmingworld.com.