2014 Laureus World Sports Awards Nominees revealed

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February 26, 2014


A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media. 


Among the giants of sport who have been nominated are three-time Laureus winners Usain Bolt and Serena Williams, brilliant young Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, short-listed for the fifth time, and Tiger Woods, who won in 2000, the inaugural year of Laureus, who is selected again after returning to the summit of world golf. Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, both two-time Laureus winners, are nominated in two categories.



Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses said: “I have never seen such a potentially close contest in so many categories before. This is going to be a classic year. There is a wonderful balance between some of the great names who have dominated sport over many years and some exciting newcomers like Missy Franklin and Marc Márquez. I am especially thrilled by the line-up for the Disability Award, where you could make a case for any of the six to win. This is really the crème de la crème of sport and it is going to be an exciting night in Kuala Lumpur discovering which of these great athletes will receive Laureus Awards.”


The full list of Nominees for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards is below so tell us on Twitter and Facebook what you think and who you want to see win on March 26!:


Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics – won 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m World Championship gold medals

Mo Farah (UK) Athletics – won classic 5,000m and 10,000m double in World Championships

LeBron James (US) Basketball – Miami Heat star, voted NBA MVP for fourth time in five years

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – winner of French Open, US Open and five ATP Masters event

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football - scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2013

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing – won fourth straight Formula One World Championship

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Nadine Angerer (Germany) Football – FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, captain of German team

Missy Franklin (US) Swimming – at 18, won a record six gold medals in World Championships

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics – won three sprint gold medals in World Championships

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title in front of home Russian crowd

Tina Maze (Slovenia) Skiing – won Overall World Cup and three other disciplines, plus Super G world title

Serena Williams (US) Tennis – won French Open and US Open, plus eight other tournaments in 2013

Laureus World Team of the Year

All Blacks (NZ) Rugby Union – first time a national team achieved a 100% record in professional era

Bayern Munich (Germany) Football – won Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble

Brazil Men’s Football Team – won Confederations Cup, beating World Cup holders Spain in final

Bob & Mike Bryan (US) Tennis – completed doubles ‘Golden Slam’ – four Grand Slams and Olympic gold

Miami Heat (US) Basketball – won NBA title for second straight year, beating San Antonio Spurs in final

Red Bull (Austria) Motor Racing – won fourth straight Formula One Constructors’ World Championship

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Afghanistan Cricket Team – learned cricket in refugee camps, in 2013 reached first World Cup finals

Marc Márquez (Spain) Motor Cycling – youngest ever MotoGP world champion, at 20 years 266 days

Raphael Holzdeppe (Germany) Athletics – won Germany’s first World Championship pole vault gold

Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Cycling – first Tour de France rookie to finish on the podium since 1996

Justin Rose (UK) Golf – won his first Major Championship at US Open, at the age of 32

Adam Scott (Australia) Golf – first Australian winner in the 77-year history of US Masters

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title in front of home Russian crowd

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – winner of French Open, US Open and five ATP Masters event

Oracle Team USA - Sailing – 8-1 down in America’s Cup, Oracle fought back for a remarkable 9-8 victory

Tony Parker (France) Basketball – European Championship MVP after recovering from serious eye injury

Ronaldinho (Brazil) Football – at 33, led unfashionable Atlético Mineiro to victory in Copa Libertadores

Tiger Woods (US) Golf – US PGA Player of the Year after five tour victories, regained world No 1 ranking

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Marie Bochet (France) Skiing – first winner of all five disciplines at a single Alpine World Championships

Marcel Hug (Switzerland) Wheelchair Racing – won five golds and a silver medal at World Championships

Tatyana McFadden (US) Wheelchair Racing – won four city marathons and six golds at World Championships

Sophie Pascoe (NZ) Swimming – won five gold medals out of five attempts at World Championships

Sarah Louise Rung (Norway) Swimming – won four gold medals in her five races in World Championships

Olga Sviderska (Ukraine) Swimming – took five individual and two relay golds in the World Championships

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX – only athlete in X Games history to win eight straight gold medals

Bob Burnquist (Brazil) Skateboarding – overtook Dave Mirra to win a record 25th X-Games gold medal

Mick Fanning (Australia) Surfing – clinched his third World Surfing Championship in last event of year

John John Florence (US) Surfing  – scored perfect 10 for completing the Alley Oop in Bali

Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing – nearly drowned after attempting to surf a 70ft wave in Portugal

Shaun White (US) Snowboarding – won sixth consecutive SuperPipe gold medal at Winter X Games