Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year

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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year
Awarded for"the sportsman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement."[1]
LocationMonaco (2018)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held byRoger Federer (SUI)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual men from 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.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] As of 2018, 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 winner who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at the annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[6][7][8]

The inaugural winner of the award was the American golfer Tiger Woods who finished the 1999 season with eight wins, a feat not achieved since 1974, including the PGA Championship.[9][10] He went on to become the most dominant player of his era,[11] earning a second Laureus Award the following year, and five further nominations between 2002 and 2008. The 2003 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year was the American road cyclist Lance Armstrong. He had been nominated the previous year, and earned further nominations in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Following Armstrong's 2013 admission of doping,[12] all his Laureus awards and nominations were rescinded.[13] Tennis players dominate the winners list, with nine awards, while athletes have won four times, Formula One drivers three times, and golfers twice. Excluding Armstrong, the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year has been won by just seven individuals since its inception. The 2018 winner of the Laureus Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year was the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, who now has the most wins with five.[2]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Key
*Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
YearImageWinnerNationalitySportNomineesRefs
2000Tiger Woods in 1997Woods, TigerTiger Woods USAGolfAndre Agassi ( USA) – tennis
Maurice Greene ( USA) – athletics
[14][15]
2001Tiger Woods in 2001Woods, TigerTiger Woods USAGolfSteve Redgrave ( GBR) – rowing
Michael Schumacher ( GER) – Formula One
Ian Thorpe ( AUS) – swimming
Pieter van den Hoogenband ( NED) – swimming
[16][17]
2002Michael Schumacher in 1994Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher GERFormula OneLance Armstrong* ( USA) – cycling
Maurice Greene ( USA) – athletics
Ian Thorpe ( AUS) – swimming
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[8][18]
2003Lance Armstrong in 2003Armstrong, LanceLance Armstrong* USACyclingOle Einar Bjørndalen ( NOR) – biathlon
Ronaldo ( BRA) – football
Michael Schumacher ( GER) – Formula One
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[19][20]
2004Michael Schumacher in 2005Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher GERFormula OneLance Armstrong* ( USA) – cycling
Roger Federer (  SUI) – tennis
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
Jonny Wilkinson ( GBR) – rugby union
[21][22]
2005Roger Federer in 2004Federer, RogerRoger Federer  SUITennisLance Armstrong* ( USA) – cycling
Hicham El Guerrouj ( MAR) – athletics
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
Michael Schumacher ( GER) – Formula One
[23][24]
2006Roger Federer in 2005Federer, RogerRoger Federer  SUITennisFernando Alonso ( ESP) – Formula One
Lance Armstrong* ( USA) – cycling
Ronaldinho ( BRA) – football
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[25][26]
2007Roger Federer in 2006Federer, RogerRoger Federer  SUITennisFernando Alonso ( ESP) – Formula One
Fabio Cannavaro ( ITA) – football
Asafa Powell ( JAM) – athletics
Michael Schumacher ( GER) – Formula One
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[27][28]
2008Roger Federer in 2007Federer, RogerRoger Federer  SUITennisTyson Gay ( USA) – athletics
Kaká ( BRA) – football
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
Kimi Räikkönen ( FIN) – Formula One
Tiger Woods ( USA) – golf
[29][30]
2009Usain Bolt in 2009Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt JAMAthleticsLewis Hamilton ( GBR) – Formula One
Rafael Nadal ( ESP) – tennis
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
Cristiano Ronaldo ( POR) – football
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
[31][32]
2010Usain Bolt in 2011Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt JAMAthleticsKenenisa Bekele ( ETH) – athletics
Alberto Contador ( ESP) – cycling
Roger Federer (  SUI) – tennis
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Valentino Rossi ( ITA) – MotoGP
[33][34]
2011Rafael Nadal in 2011Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal ESPTennisKobe Bryant ( USA) – basketball
Andrés Iniesta ( ESP) – football
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Manny Pacquiao ( PHI) – boxing
Sebastian Vettel ( GER) – Formula One
[35][36]
2012Novak Djokovic in 2012Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic SRBTennisUsain Bolt ( JAM) – athletics
Cadel Evans ( AUS) – cycling
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Dirk Nowitzki ( GER) – basketball
Sebastian Vettel ( GER) – Formula One
[37][38]
2013Usain Bolt in 2012Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt JAMAthleticsMo Farah ( GBR) – athletics
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Michael Phelps ( USA) – swimming
Sebastian Vettel ( GER) – Formula One
Bradley Wiggins ( GBR) – cycling
[39][40]
2014Sebastian Vettel in 2012Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vettel GERFormula OneUsain Bolt ( JAM) – athletics
Mo Farah ( GBR) – athletics
LeBron James ( USA) – basketball
Rafael Nadal ( ESP) – tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo ( POR) – football
[41][42]
2015Novak Djokovic in 2015Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic SRBTennisLewis Hamilton ( GBR) – Formula One
Renaud Lavillenie ( FRA) – athletics
Marc Márquez ( ESP) – MotoGP
Rory McIlroy ( NIR) – golf
Cristiano Ronaldo ( POR) – football
[43][44]
2016Novak Djokovic in 2016Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic SRBTennisUsain Bolt ( JAM) – athletics
Stephen Curry ( USA) – basketball
Lewis Hamilton ( GBR) – Formula One
Lionel Messi ( ARG) – football
Jordan Spieth ( USA) – golf
[45][46]
2017Usain Bolt in 2017Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt JAMAthleticsCristiano Ronaldo ( POR) – football
Mo Farah ( GBR) – athletics
Andy Murray ( GBR) – tennis
Stephen Curry ( USA) – basketball
LeBron James ( USA) – basketball
[47][48]
2018Roger Federer in 2017Federer, RogerRoger Federer  SUITennisMo Farah ( GBR) – athletics
Chris Froome ( GBR) – cycling
Lewis Hamilton ( GBR) – Formula One
Rafael Nadal ( ESP) – tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo ( POR) – football
[2][49]

Statistics[edit]

Key
*Indicated totals exclude those of individuals whose award(s) and/or nomination(s) were later rescinded.

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