Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky Nominated for Laureus Sports Awards

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U.S. swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky have each been nominated for Laureus Sports Awards, which honor top athletic performances in 2018. Both are being considered for their efforts at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.

Ledecky, who won five golds and a silver medal at the Worlds, is up for Sportswoman of the Year. Ledecky was nominated alongside track stars Allyson Felix (USA) and Caster Semenya (RSA), skier Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) and tennis players Garbine Muguruza (ESP) and Serena Williams (USA).

Dressel, the surprising seven-time gold medalist from Budapest, received a nomination for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Other nominees for that award include Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (GRE), golfer Sergio Garcia (ESP), boxer Anthony Joshua (USA), soccer player Kylian Mbappe (FRA) and tennis player Jelena Ostapenko (LAT).

Last year, Michael Phelps won the Laureus award for Comeback of the Year, while both Ledecky and Adam Peaty have previously been nominated for Lauerus awards.

The awards will be handed out Tues., Feb. 27 in Monaco. Read more about the nominees and the history of the awards here.

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Veyru

    tyvm :p

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    Here’s a little gem from the end of an article on “another” site about Dressel and Ledecky… No swimmer has ever been named Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year Usain Bolt took the award after Phelps’ record-setting 8-gold medal haul at the 2008 Olympics. Phelps has been nominated 5 times for Sportsman of the Year, and swimmers a total of 8 times. Ledecky’s 2018 nomination is the 12th for a female swimmer – also without any wins…….I guess Missy Franklin’s win in 2014 doesn’t count…tell her to give the award back……smh…now you know…

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