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Laureus World Sports Awards snub Val Adams

Published: 10:05AM Friday December 14, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

  • Valerie finally has her gold (Source: Close Up)
    Valerie finally has her gold - Source: Close Up

New Zealand golden girl Valerie Adams was a conspicuous absentee from the nominations for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world's media.

A glittering collection of the world's greatest Olympic and Paralympic stars have been nominated but Adams', who won a second consecutive gold medal in the woman's shot put in London after disgraced Belrussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk tested positve for doping, has been overlooked in favour of other Olympic stars such including Jessica Ennis and Missy Franklin.

With the exception of Lindsey Vonn, who won her fourth overall skiing World Cup in five years, the Nominations for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award are all dominated by the Olympics.

Three Americans are short listed: Allyson Felix, who won gold medals in the 200 metres, 4 x 100 metres and 4 x 400 metres relays; swimming sensation Franklin, who at the age of 17, won four gold medals and a bronze; and Serena Williams, who enjoyed one of her greatest years, winning Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold medals in th e singles and doubles, with her sister Venus.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the fastest woman on Earth after successfully defending her 100 metres Olympic title, and Britain's Ennis, who won the heptathlon gold in front of an ecstatic home crowd, complete the six Nominees.

When the winners are revealed in Rio in March, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could be celebrating his third Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, after he repeated his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London - 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.

Up against him will be legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals, and two Britons - Mo Farah , winner of the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres double, and Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and the Olympic Time Trial. Also nominated in the Sportsman's category are FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who scored a remarkable 86 goals in 2012, and Germany's Sebastian Vettel, who won his third straight Formula One World Championship.

European Championship victory, along with the dominant China Olympic Table Tennis Team, the European Ryder Cup Team, who beat the US after an amazing final day fightback at Medinah, Red Bull, who won the Formula One World Constructors Championship for a third straight year and two basketball teams: Miami Heat, who won their second NBA title; and the US Men's Olympic Team, who won their 14th Olympic gold medal in London.

British tennis player Andy Murray's first ever Grand Slam victory, at the US Open, plus an Olympic gold and silver medal in the singles and mixed doubles in London, made him a popular Nominee for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Also nominated are France's swim star Yannick Agnel, 20, who won two golds and a silver medal in his first Olympics, US gymnast Gabby Douglas, 400 metres gold medal winner Kirani James, who won Grenada's first ever Olympic medal, and China's Ye Shiwen, 16, who won both 200 and 400 metres individual medley gold in the pool. Brazil's football sensation Neymar is the only non-Olympian to break into the category.

The European Ryder Cup Team also receive a second Nomination, for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, after their last day fightback against the United States in the so-called 'Miracle of Medinah'. Also in golf, South Africa's Ernie Els is nominated for the same Award after winning Britain's Open Championship ten years after his last Major Championship victory.

The four other Nominees come from the Olympics: Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba is shortlisted after winning the Olympic 10,000 metres after coming back from 16 months of injury; Australia's Anna Meares won an Olympic cycling gold medal four years after breaking her neck; Felix Sanchez, at 34, won the 400 metres hurdles gold medal again, eight years after he won in Athens, and the Germany Men's Olympic Eights Team are nominated after winning an Olympic gold medal for the first time since 1988.

Two Brazilian Paralympic stars are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. Daniel Dias, winner in 2009, is on the shortlist again after winning six gold medals in London, along with Alan Fonteles Oliveira, who beat favourite Oscar Pistorius to the gold medal in the T44 200 metres.

Patrick Anderson is also nominated after coming out of retirement to inspire Canada to the wheelchair basketball gold medal, as is sprinter Johanna Benson who won Namibia's first ever gold medal, British wheelchair racer David Weir won four gold medals to become the hero of the home fans in London while former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a crash, won two hand cycling gold medals and a silver at his first Paralympic Games.

Due to the close contest in the men's 2012 World Surfing Championship possibly affecting Nominations for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, the media voting deadline in this category has been extended until after the final event of the season, later this month in Hawaii. The names of the Nominees will be announced in due course.

The Nominations were announced in Rio de Janeiro by Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses and fellow Academy Member Emerson Fittipaldi, the legendary Brazilian Formula One driver.

Moses, a double Olympic champion in 400 metres hurdles, said: "I always feel in an Olympic year that you are likely to see a strong group of potential Nominees and this year is certainly a great example of tha t. The Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award particularly is going to be one of the closest contests ever when you look at the wonderful collection of names we have, with the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps and newcomers like Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins. But the list goes on, in every category. This is really the crème de la crème of sport."

The full list of Nominees for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics - won 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m Olympic gold medals in London
Mo Farah (United Kingdom) Athletics - won 5,000m and 10,000m double in Olympic Games
Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football - Barcelona star who scored 86 goals in the calendar y ear 
Michael Phelps (United States) Swimming - became most decorated Olympian with 22 career medals
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing - won third straight Formula One World Championship
Bradley Wiggins (United Kingdom) Cycling - won Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial gold

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Jessica Ennis (United Kingdom) Athletics - won Olympic heptathlon gold medal in London
Allyson Felix (United States) Athletics - won 200m, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m Olympic gold medals
Missy Franklin (United States) Swimming - at 17, won four gold medals and a bronze at Olympics
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics - successfully defended her 100m Olympic title
Lindsey Vonn (United States) Skiing - won fourth overall skiing World Cup in five years
Serena Williams (United Sta tes) Tennis - won Wimbledon, the US Open and two Olympic gold medals

Laureus World Team of the Year
China Olympic Table Tennis Team - won all the medals they could in London - four gold and two silver.
European Ryder Cup Team (Golf) - beat American team after amazing final day fightback at Medinah
Miami Heat (United States) Basketball - beat Oklahoma Thunder to win their second NBA title
Red Bull Formula One Team (Austria) Motor Racing - won third straight Constructors Championship
Spain Men's Football Team - won European Championship to add to World Cup 2010 and Euro 2008
United States Men's Basketball Team - won their 14th Olympic basketball gold medal in London

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
Yannick Agnel (France) Swimming - at 20, in his first Olympics, won two gold and a silver medal
Gabby Douglas (United States) Gymnastics - first woman to win Olympic individual and team all-around gold
Kirani James (Grenada) Athletics - at 19, won 400m in London for Grenada's first ever Olympic medal
Andy Murray (United Kingdom) Tennis - won first Grand Slam at US Open, plus Olympic gold and silver Neymar (Brazil) Football - often compared to the great Pelé, he scored his 100th goal at age 20
Ye Shiwen (China) Swimming - at 16, she won both Olympic 200m and 400m individual medley gold

Laureus World Comeback of the Year
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics - won Olympic 10,000m after coming back from 16 months injury
Ernie Els (South Africa) Golf - won The Open ten years after his previous Major Championship
European Ryder Cup Team (Golf) - on last day turned match against US around for historic 14½-13½ win
Anna Meares (Australia) Cycling - four years after breaking her neck in cycle crash, she won Olympic gold
Felix Sanchez (Dominican Republic) Athletics - at 34, won 400m hurdles gold again, eight years after Athens
Germany Men's Olympic Eights Team (Rowing) - won Olympic gold medal for first time since 1988

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Patrick Anderson (Canada) Wheelchair Basketball - came out of retirement to inspire Canada to gold medal
Johanna Benson (Namibia) Athletics - in T37 200m sprint, she won Namibia's first ever gold medal
Daniel de Faria Dias (Brazil) Swimming - won six Paralympic gold medals in London all in world records
Alan Fonteles Oliveira (Brazil) Athletics - beat favourite Oscar Pistorius to win Paralympic T44 200m gold
David Weir (United Kingdom) Wheelchair Racing - won four gold medals as 'home' hero of Paralympics
Alex Zanardi (Italy) Hand Cycling - won two gold medals and a silver at his first Paralympic Games

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