Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year
Awarded for"the sportsperson who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement in action sports."[1]
LocationMonaco (2018)[2]
First awarded2000
Currently held byArmel Le Cléac'h (FRA)[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year, known as the Alternative Sportsperson of the Year prior to 2007, is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual athletes from the world of action sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[4] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[5] Nominations for the award come from a specialist panel.[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the winner who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[6] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[7][8][9]

The inaugural winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year, in 2000, was the American multi-sports athlete Shaun Palmer. It has been awarded posthumously on one occasion, in 2006 to the Italian hang glider Angelo d'Arrigo who was killed in an air crash in March of that year.[10] Americans are the most successful with eight awards, while surfers have been recognised most often of any sport with six awards; American surfer Kelly Slater is the only individual to have received the award on multiple occasions with four wins. The award has been presented to four women during its history: the Australian surfers Layne Beachley (2004) and Stephanie Gilmore (2010), the British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur (2005), and the British mountain biker Rachel Atherton (2017). The winner of the 2018 Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year was French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h.[3]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Key
daggerIndicates posthumous award
YearImageWinnerNationalitySportNomineesRefs
2000Shaun Palmer USAMulti-sportTony Hawk ( USA) – skateboarding
Travis Pastrana ( USA) – motorcycling
[11][12]
2001Mike Horn RSAExplorationLayne Beachley ( AUS) – surfing
Tara Dakides ( USA) – snowboarding
Davo Karničar ( SVN) – climbing/extreme skiing
John Stamstad ( USA) – mountain biking
[13][14]
2002Bob BurnquistBob Burnquist BRASkateboardingWill Gadd ( CAN) – ice climbing/paragliding
Mat Hoffman ( USA) – BMX
Umberto Pelizzari ( ITA) – freediving
Elena Repko ( UKR) – climbing
[15][16]
2003Dean PotterDean Potter USAClimbingAnne-Caroline Chausson ( FRA) – mountain biking/BMX
Kelly Clark ( USA) – snowboarding
Pierre-Luc Gagnon ( CAN) – skateboarding
Martin Strel ( SVN) – long-distance swimming
[17][18]
2004Layne BeachleyLayne Beachley AUSSurfingGretchen Bleiler ( USA) – snowboarding
Anne-Caroline Chausson ( FRA) – mountain biking/BMX
Laird Hamilton ( USA) – surfing
Ryan Sheckler ( USA) – skateboarding
Shaun White ( USA) – multi-sport
[19][20]
2005Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur GBRSailingDarren Berrecloth ( CAN) – BMX
Gunn-Rita Dahle ( NOR) – mountain biking
Dallas Friday ( USA) – wakeboarding
Mike Horn ( RSA) – exploration
Shane McConkey ( CAN) – freeskiing
[21][22]
2006Angelo d'ArrigoAngelo d'Arrigodagger ITAHang glidingChelsea Georgeson ( AUS) – surfing
Tanner Hall ( USA) – freeskiing
Kelly Slater ( USA) – surfing
Jeremy Stenberg ( USA) – motocross
Danny Way ( USA) – skateboarding
[10][23]
2007Kelly SlaterKelly Slater USASurfingAaron Hadlow ( GBR) – kiteboarding
Travis Pastrana ( USA) – rallying/motorcycling
Kevin Pritchard ( USA) – windsurfing
Gisela Pulido ( ESP) – kiteboarding
Shaun White ( USA) – multi-sport
[24][25]
2008Shaun WhiteShaun White USAMulti-sportDaniel Dhers ( VEN) – BMX
Mick Fanning ( AUS) – surfing
Stephanie Gilmore ( AUS) – surfing
Aaron Hadlow ( GBR) – kiteboarding
Ryan Sheckler ( USA) – skateboarding
[26][27]
2009Kelly SlaterKelly Slater USASurfingJulien Absalon ( FRA) – mountain biking
Stephanie Gilmore ( AUS) – surfing
Aaron Hadlow ( GBR) – kiteboarding
Tanner Hall ( USA) – freeskiing
Shaun White ( USA) – multi-sport
[24][28]
2010Stephanie GilmoreStephanie Gilmore AUSSurfingAntoine Albeau ( FRA) – windsurfing
Chris Cole ( USA) – skateboarding
Mick Fanning ( AUS) – surfing
Greg Long ( USA) – surfing
Danny MacAskill ( GBR) – mountain bike trials
[29][30]
2011Kelly SlaterKelly Slater USASurfingJamie Bestwick ( GBR) – BMX
Stephanie Gilmore ( AUS) – surfing
Levi Sherwood ( NZL) – motocross
Shaun White ( USA) – multi-sport
Victor Fernandez ( ESP) – windsurfing
[31][32]
2012Kelly SlaterKelly Slater USASurfingJamie Bestwick ( GBR) – BMX
Philip Köster ( GER) – windsurfing
Carissa Moore ( USA) – surfing
Travis Rice ( USA) – snowboarding
Shaun White ( USA) – multi-sport
[24][33]
2013Felix BaumgartnerFelix Baumgartner AUTAdventureJamie Bestwick ( GBR) – BMX
Julie Bresset ( FRA) – mountain biking
Stephanie Gilmore ( AUS) – surfing
Philip Köster ( GER) – windsurfing
Joel Parkinson ( AUS) – surfing
[34][35]
2014Jamie Bestwick GBRBMXBob Burnquist ( BRA) – skateboarding
Mick Fanning ( AUS) – surfing
John John Florence ( USA) – surfing
Maya Gabeira ( BRA) – surfing
Shaun White ( USA) – snowboarding
[36][37]
2015Alan EustaceAlan Eustace USASkydivingStephanie Gilmore ( AUS) – surfing
Nyjah Huston ( USA) – skateboarding
Sage Kotsenburg ( USA) – snowboarding
Danny MacAskill ( GBR) – mountain bike trials
Gabriel Medina ( BRA) – surfing
[38][39]
2016Jan Frodeno in 2015Jan Frodeno GERIronman triathlonRachel Atherton ( GBR) – mountain biking
Bob Burnquist ( BRA) – skateboarding
Adriano De Souza ( BRA) – surfing
Mick Fanning ( AUS) – surfing
Chloe Kim ( USA) – snowboarding
[40][41]
2017Rachel AthertonRachel Atherton GBRMountain bikingPedro Barros ( BRA) – skateboarding
John John Florence ( USA) – surfing
Chloe Kim ( USA) – snowboarding
Kelly Sildaru ( EST) – freestyle skiing
Tyler Wright ( AUS) – surfing
[42][43]
2018Armel Le Cleac'h in 2016Armel Le Cléac'h FRASailingJohn John Florence ( USA) – surfing
Anna Gasser ( AUT) – snowboarding
Nyjah Huston ( USA) – skateboarding
Mark McMorris ( CANsnowboarding
Tyler Wright ( AUS) – surfing
[3][44]

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