Laureus World Sports Awards

The Oscars of the sporting world will be presented in St Petersburg today. Here are a list of the nominations courtesy of the official website, with my personal picks in bold type where I know of the nominees. Where I felt like it I have added some comments, which will be in italics.

The full list of nominees for the 2008 Laureus World Sports Awards is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Roger Federer (Switzerland, Tennis), Tyson Gay (US, Athletics), Kaka (Brazil, Football), Michael Phelps (US, Swimming), Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Motor Racing), Tiger Woods (US, Golf) – When it comes down to dominance of their particular sport, it’s Tiger v Roger. Roger won 3 of the 4 tennis majors vs Tiger’s 1 of 4, so Roger deserves to win.

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Justine Henin (Belgium, Tennis), Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia, Athletics), Carolina Kluft (Sweden, Athletics), Libby Lenton (Australia, Swimming), Marta (Brazil, Football), Lorena Ochoa (Mexico, Golf) – it could go to any of them particularly Lenton or Henin. There is some slight national bias, but Lenton’s 5 golds at the World Champs plus her non-ratified world record for the 100m free back that up.

Laureus World Team of the Year

AC Milan (Italy, Football), Australia Men’s Cricket Team, Ferrari (Italy, Motor Racing), Germany Women’s Football Team, Iraq Football Team, South African Rugby Team – Iraq’s presence here is warranted with an amazing Asian Cup victory, but the Australian cricket team whitewashed England in the Ashes, then blitzed the World Cup in the West Indies. Despite the blip of the Commonwealth Bank series and Chappell-Hadlee trophy losses, they deserve global recognition in my opinion.

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Alberto Contador (Spain, Cycling), Novak Djokovic (Serbia, Tennis), Tyson Gay (US, Athletics), Lewis Hamilton (UK, Motor Racing), Oscar Pistorius (S.Africa, Athletics), Casey Stoner (Australia, Motor Cycling) Stoner was astonishing in MotoGP. To do what he did in 07 so emphatically, especially with the level of talent alongside him on the grid, puts him as my pick. Should have been nominated for Sportsman of the year.

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Gt.Britain Rugby League Team (UK), Christine Ohuruogu (UK, Athletics), Paula Radcliffe (UK, Athletics), Jana Rawlinson (Australia, Athletics), Steve Stricker (US, Golf), Jonny Wilkinson (UK, Rugby Union) – Any female athlete coming back from giving birth to excel at a World Championships and win gold in her event deserves plenty of recognition.

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Daniel Dias (Brazil, Swimming), Darren Kenny (UK, Cycling), Sarah Storey (UK, Cycling), Michael Teuber (Germany, Cycling), Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, Wheelchair Tennis)

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Daniel Dhers (Venezuela, BMX), Mick Fanning (Australia, Surfing), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia, Surfing), Aaron Hadlow (UK, Kiteboarding), Ryan Sheckler (US, Skateboarding), Shaun White (US, Snowboarding/Skateboarding),

Congratulations in advance to the winners.

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