Laureus World Sports Awards 2014 winners revealed

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March 26, 2014

 

Three of the most exciting young sports stars of their generation, who have proved world-beaters despite their age, have been honoured at the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, while Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days.

 

There was double delight for both Germany and Spain when the Awards were announced. Bayern Munich joined Vettel as winners, taking the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, while tennis maestro Rafael Nadal received the Laureus Comeback Award to celebrate, with Márquez, a wonderful night for Spanish sport.

 

The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.   The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €60 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

 

Sebastian Vettel’s success was particularly satisfying for the young German racer, who had been nominated five times for a Laureus Award, before finally winning. His fourth straight World Championship in 2013 saw him join motor racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost, who all won at least four times, but he did it more quickly than them – at just 26 years and 116 days.

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Missy Franklin was the sensation of the World Championships in Barcelona, becoming the first woman swimmer in history to win six gold medals at a single World Championships – three individual and three relay - at the age of just 18. She continues to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she can maintain her amateur status in college.

 

Bayern Munich were presented with the Laureus World Team of the Year Award after becoming the first football club to complete the treble of UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. Six of their players were nominated for the FIFA Player of the Year Award: Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

 

Spain’s Marc Márquez was presented with the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award after becoming the youngest ever MotoGP world champion, at 20 years 266 days. He also made history by becoming the youngest winner of a Grand Prix, in Austin in April, at 20 years 63 days.

 

It was Márquez’ first Laureus Award, but his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal secured his third Laureus Statuette, when he won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, returning after a seven-month absence because of injury to win the French Open and US Open Grand Slam titles and regain his No 1 world ranking.

 

France’s Marie Bochet, aged 19, won the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after becoming the first athlete to complete a Grand Slam of all five events at one Alpine Skiing World Championships.

 

Britain’s BMX star Jamie Bestwick, now based in the United States, won the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award after becoming the only athlete in X Games history to win eight straight gold medals, two more than legends such as Tony Hawk and Shaun White.

 

The Laureus World Sports Academy presented two additional discretionary Awards. The Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was won by the Afghanistan Cricket Team, who qualified for the Cricket World Cup for the first time in their history, and the Laureus Sport for Good Award was presented to Magic Bus, the sports-based community project in India.

 

The Awards Ceremony was held at the Istana Budaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was hosted by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Oscar and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx performed to the star-studded audience. German actor Daniel Brühl, who played Niki Lauda in the film Rush, was present along with Chinese supermodel and actress Du Juan.

 

 

The Awards were announced in seven categories. The winners are:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Sebastian Vettel

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Missy Franklin

Laureus World Team of the Year: Bayern Munich

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Marc Márquez

Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Rafael Nadal

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Marie Bochet

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jamie Bestwick

There were two additional Awards: the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was presented to the Afghanistan Cricket Team and the Laureus Sport for Good Award was presented to Magic Bus, the sports-based community project in India.  

Joshua Hill (not verified) 6 months 4 weeks ago.

The award obviously doesn't take into account sportsmanship after he disobeyed his team and stabbed his "team mate" in the back.

ananya (not verified) 6 months 4 weeks ago.

congraulations to all the winners but especially to rafa nadal for an awefully amazing comeback well done laureus...you are always just and fair

David Kilpatrick (not verified) 6 months 3 weeks ago.

For a person to be awarded a "sportsman" award I would have thought one had to be a sportsman. Not just a participant in sport.

allblacksshould... (not verified) 6 months 3 weeks ago.

This is downright ridiculous. Can your bias towards football teams please stop. The all blacks went through a whole international season victorious. Won the rugby championship for the umpteenth time in a row. Did you even see the grit determination and talent in the last match of the season? How do you people even evaluate the winner? Bayern Munich are a good team but please start looking beyond football.

Yvonne Wall (not verified) 6 months 3 weeks ago.

Congratulations Sebastien Vettel. what more can this young man do to better World Champion. none. At 26yrs old. he is a world champ. He is a winner/ may hi s god will always be with him. What a tfine young mad he is..