Online voting has begun at http://ussa.edu/ballots/athlete-of-the-month/ for April's top athletes. The United States Sports Academy ballot runs through Tuesday, May 8.
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website between the first day and second Tuesday of each month to vote on the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the winners and they are announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.
The female nominees for April are:
Kytra Hunter, Florida gymnast who won NCAA all-around title
Mary Keitany, Kenyan who ran third fastest women's marathon in history at London Marathon
Sun Young Yoo, South Korean won first major at Kraft Nabisco Championship
Carolina Kostner, Italian won World Figure Skating title
Anna Meares, Australian set two world records at World Track Cycling Championships
Brittney Griner, Baylor center dominated NCAA women's basketball finals in victory
The winners of the Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month will be considered as candidates for the 2012 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2012, the Academy will name the male and female Athlete of the Year for the 28th consecutive year. The recipients of this prestigious award are selected annually through worldwide online balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.
In 2011, the Female Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Tseng dominated 2011’s ballot that drew as many as 50,000 votes a day from across the world.
Topics: Yoo, Sun Young