On Monday, February 18, the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards honored the sportspeople of the year. Each year, the awards honor the greatest achievements and individuals from across the sports world and celebrate the power of sports to change the world. The contenders are nominated by the world’s media, with the winners selected by legends of global sport: members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Simone Biles, United States gymnast, was named Sportswoman of the Year. The 21-year old has been called the greatest gymnast of all time throughout media headlines all of 2018. After recovering from an injury, Biles went on to win four gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She also became the first gymnast to claim a fourth gold in the all-around event.
Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner, is no stranger to the Laureus World Sports Awards. Woods was named Sportsman of the Year in 2000 and 2001. At the end of 2017, Tiger Woods’ world ranking was No. 1,199, but he fought his way back into the top 20 and is now in the No. 13 spot. In 2018, he finished in the top 10 of the majors twice before going on to win his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship. These triumphs over the years helped him claim the Comeback of the Year award.
For the full list of winners, view the award’s official website at awards. laureus.com/static/winners. asp.