Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Awarded for"Awarded to the sportsperson or team whose performance as a newcomer suggests the greatest potential for an outstanding career or to an established sportsman or sportswoman who produces a significant step-up in class to a considerably higher level of sporting achievement."[1]
LocationMonaco (2018)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held bySergio García (ESP)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year (known as the Laureus World Sports Award for Newcomer of the Year prior to 2007)[3] is an annual award honouring the achievements of those individuals or teams who have made a breakthrough performance in the world of 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] As of 2017, a shortlist of six nominees for the award comes from a panel composed of the "world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters".[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the individual winner or winning team 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 award was the Spanish golfer Sergio García. During his debut season as a professional, the 19-year-old finished one stroke behind Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship and became the youngest player to gain selection for Team Europe for the Ryder Cup.[10][11] As of 2017, the award has been won by a different individual sportsperson every year (three to women, fifteen to men), although eight teams have been nominated – Ghana men's national football team (2007), VfL Wolfsburg (2010), Afghanistan men's national cricket team (2014), Switzerland Davis Cup team (2015), Chile men's national football team (2016), Fiji national rugby sevens team (2017), Iceland national football team (2017) and Leicester City F.C. (2017). British and Spanish sportspeople have won more awards than any other nationality with four, followed by Americans, Germans and Chinese with two. Golfers are the most successful overall with six wins followed by Formula One drivers with five. The winner in 2017 was the German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg. Having beaten teammate Lewis Hamilton to the 2016 World Championship title by five points, Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport five days later, two months prior to collecting his Laureus statuette.[12][13] The 2018 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year was the Spanish golfer Sergio García, his second win after receiving the award in 2000.[2]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

YearImageWinnerNationalitySportNomineesRefs
2000Sergio García in 2004Sergio García ESPGolfKurt Warner ( USA) – American football
Serena Williams ( USA) – tennis
[14][15]
2001Marat Safin in 2006Marat Safin RUSTennisAaron Baddeley ( AUS) – golf
Jenson Button ( GBR) – Formula One
Juan Carlos Ferrero ( ESP) – tennis
Brett Lee ( AUS) – cricket
[16][17]
2002Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002Juan Pablo Montoya COLFormula OneKim Clijsters ( BEL) – tennis
Steven Gerrard ( GBR) – football
Justine Henin ( BEL) – tennis
Andy Roddick ( USA) – tennis
[9][18]
2003Yao Ming in 2006Yao Ming CHNBasketballDaniela Hantuchová ( SVK) – tennis
David Nalbandian ( ARG) – tennis
Wayne Rooney ( GBR) – football
Jochem Uytdehaage ( NED) – speed skating
[19][20]
2004Michelle Wie in 2007Michelle Wie USAGolfFernando Alonso ( ESP) – Formula One
Ben Curtis ( USA) – golf
LeBron James ( USA) – basketball
Robinho ( BRA) – football
Maria Sharapova ( RUS) – tennis
[21][22]
2005Liu Xiang in 2004Liu Xiang CHNAthleticsAmir Khan ( GBR) – boxing
Svetlana Kuznetsova ( RUS) – tennis
Laure Manaudou ( FRA) – swimming
Dani Pedrosa ( ESP) – MotoGP
Xing Huina ( CHN) – athletics
[23][24]
2006Rafael Nadal in 2006Rafael Nadal ESPTennisPaula Creamer ( USA) – golf
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Andy Murray ( GBR) – tennis
Danica Patrick ( USA) – auto racing
Ben Roethlisberger ( USA) – American football
[25][26]
2007Amélie Mauresmo in 2007Amélie Mauresmo FRATennisXavier Carter ( USA) – athletics
Ghana men's national football team ( GHA) – football
Lewis Hamilton ( GBR) – Formula One
Britta Steffen ( GER) – swimming
Ma Xiaoxu ( CHN) – football
[27][28]
2008Lewis Hamilton in 2008Lewis Hamilton GBRFormula OneNovak Djokovic ( SRB) – tennis
Tyson Gay ( USA) – athletics
Alberto Contador ( ESP) – cycling
Oscar Pistorius ( RSA) – athletics
Casey Stoner ( AUS) – MotoGP
[29][30]
2009Rebecca Adlington in 2008Rebecca Adlington GBRSwimmingNovak Djokovic ( SRB) – tennis
Ana Ivanovic ( SRB) – tennis
Anthony Kim ( USA) – golf
Sebastian Vettel ( GER) – Formula One
Zou Kai ( CHN) – gymnastics
[31][32][33]
2010Jenson Button in 2010Jenson Button GBRFormula OneMark Cavendish ( GBR) – cycling
Tom Daley ( GBR) – diving
Juan Martín del Potro ( ARG) – tennis
Jiyai Shin ( KOR) – golf
VfL Wolfsburg ( GER) – football
[34][35]
2011Martin Kaymer in 2012Martin Kaymer GERGolfChristophe Lemaitre ( FRA) – athletics
Teddy Tamgho ( FRA) – athletics
Louis Oosthuizen ( RSA) – golf
Matteo Manassero ( ITA) – golf
Thomas Müller ( GER) – football
[36][37]
2012McIlroy in 2013Rory McIlroy NIRGolfLi Na ( CHN) – tennis
Oscar Pistorius ( RSA) – athletics
Mo Farah ( GBR) – athletics
Petra Kvitová ( CZE) – tennis
Yohan Blake ( JAM) – athletics
[38][39]
2013Andy Murray in 2013Andy Murray GBRTennisGabby Douglas ( USA) – gymnastics
Kirani James ( GRN) – athletics
Neymar ( BRA) – football
Yannick Agnel ( FRA) – swimming
Ye Shiwen ( CHN) – swimming
[40][41]
2014Marc Márquez in 2015Marc Márquez ESPMotoGPAfghanistan men's national cricket team ( AFG) – cricket
Raphael Holzdeppe ( GER) – athletics
Nairo Quintana ( COL) – cycling
Justin Rose ( GBR) – golf
Adam Scott ( AUS) – golf
[42][43]
2015Daniel Ricciardo in 2015Daniel Ricciardo AUSFormula OneMarin Čilić ( CRO) – tennis
Mario Götze ( GER) – football
Switzerland Davis Cup team (  SUI) – tennis
Mikaela Shiffrin ( USA) – alpine skiing
James Rodríguez ( COL) – football
[44][45]
2016Jordan Spieth in 2015Jordan Spieth USAGolfMax Verstappen ( NED) – Formula One
Chile men's national football team ( CHI) – football
Adam Peaty ( GBR) – swimming
Tyson Fury ( GBR) – boxing
Jason Day ( AUS) – golf
[46][47]
2017Nico Rosberg in 2016Nico Rosberg GERFormula OneAlmaz Ayana ( ETH) – athletics
Fiji men's rugby sevens team ( FIJ) – rugby sevens
Iceland men's football team ( ISL) – football
Leicester City F.C. ( GBR) – football
Wayde van Niekerk ( RSA) – athletics
[13][48]
2018Sergio Garcia in 2013Sergio García ESPGolfGiannis Antetokounmpo ( GRE) – Basketball
Caeleb Dressel ( USA) – Swimming
Anthony Joshua ( GBR) – Boxing
Kylian Mbappé ( FRA) – Football
Jeļena Ostapenko ( LAT) – Tennis
[2][49]

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