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Laureus World Sports Awards

The Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded annually to sportspeople who have been outstanding during the previous year. The Laureus World Sports Awards were established in 1999 by Founding Patrons Daimler and Richemont and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz, IWC Schaffhausen and Vodafone.

There is a two-part voting process to find the winners: Firstly, a Selection Panel of the world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters from over 80 countries votes to create a shortlist of six nominations in each category. The voting process is monitored by independent auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the Award winners.

There are five categories voted for by the Laureus Media Selection Panel:

  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
  • Laureus World Team of the Year
  • Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
  • Laureus World Comeback of the Year

There are two categories voted for by Specialist Panels:

  • Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year, chosen by a panel of the world's leading alternative sports journalists, and
  • Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, which is overseen by the Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee.

Three other honours are selected by the Founding Patrons and the Academy. These are the

  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Laureus Sport for Good Award
  • Laureus Spirit of Sport (since 2005)

presented at the Laureus Academy's discretion to people who have made an outstanding contribution to society through sport. The Academy can, if it wishes, also bestow additional Awards.

Each winner receives a Laureus statuette exclusively produced by Cartier. The universal nature of sport is celebrated by the representation of the five continents, which are engraved on the base. The statuettes are 30 cm high and weigh 2.5 kg. Each figure contains 670 g of solid silver with a 650 g gold finish base.

The 2007 gala was held on April 2nd in Barcelona, Spain. King Juan Carlos I of Spain was the guest of honour. The 2008 awards was held on February 18th in St Petersburg, Russia, attended by President Vladimir Putin and hosted by Cuba Gooding, Jr.

World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer has won Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the last four years consecutively. He is also the only sportsman to have won the prize four times in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards.

Winners by category

The list of nominees are compiled by a selection panel that consists of top sports media journalists from countries across the globe. They are invited by the Laureus Foundation and nominate finalists in February each year.

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

Year Sportsman Sportswoman
Name Sport Name Sport
2008 Roger Federer Tennis Justine Henin Tennis
2007 Roger Federer Tennis Yelena Isinbayeva Athletics
2006 Roger Federer Tennis Janica Kostelic Alpine Skiing
2005 Roger Federer Tennis Kelly Holmes Athletics
2004 Michael Schumacher Motor racing Annika Sörenstam Golf
2003 Lance Armstrong Cycling Serena Williams Tennis
2002 Michael Schumacher Motor racing Jennifer Capriati Tennis
2001 Tiger Woods Golf Cathy Freeman Athletics
2000 Tiger Woods Golf Marion Jones* Athletics

  • This was later reversed after Marion admitted using performance-enchancing drugs. No replacement winner has yet been named.

Team of the Year

Breakthrough of the Year

Prior to 2007, this award was called Newcomer of the Year

Comeback of the Year

Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year

Action Sportsperson of the Year

Prior to 2007, this award was called Alternative Sportsperson of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Spirit of Sport Award

Sport for Good Award

Awards by year

2008

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Justine Henin tennis
Team of the Year South African rugby team rugby
Comeback of the Year Paula Radcliffe athletics
Sportsperson with a Disability Esther Vergeer tennis
Breakthrough of the Year Lewis Hamilton Formula One
Action Sportsperson Shaun White snowboarding/skateboarding
Lifetime Achievement Award Sergey Bubka pole vault
Spirit of Sport Award Dick Pound World Anti-Doping Agency
Sports for Good Award Brendan Tuohey and Sean Tuohey basketball

2007

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Yelena Isinbayeva athletics
Team of the Year Italy national football team football
Comeback of the Year Serena Williams tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Martin Braxenthaler skiing
Breakthrough of the Year Amélie Mauresmo tennis
Action Sportsperson Kelly Slater surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Franz Beckenbauer football
Spirit of Sport Award FC Barcelona football
Sports for Good Award Luke Dowdney boxing

2006

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Janica Kostelić alpine skiing
Team of the Year Renault F1 Team formula one racing
Newcomer of the Year Rafael Nadal tennis
Comeback of the Year Martina Hingis tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Ernst van Dyk wheelchair racing
Alternative Sportsperson Angelo d'Arrigo aviation
Lifetime Achievement Award Johan Cruyff football
Spirit of Sport Award Valentino Rossi motorcycling
Sports for Good Award Jürgen Griesbeck streetworldfootball

2005

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Kelly Holmes track and field athletics
Team of the Year Greece national football team football
Newcomer of the Year Liu Xiang track and field athletics
Comeback of the Year Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi auto racing
Sportsperson with a Disability Chantal Petitclerc track and field athletics
Alternative Sportsperson Ellen MacArthur yachting
Lifetime Achievement Award No award
Spirit of Sport Award Boston Red Sox baseball
Sports for Good Award Gerry Storey boxing (trainer)

2004

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Michael Schumacher motor racing
Sportswoman of the Year Annika Sörenstam golf
Team of the Year England rugby union team rugby
Newcomer of the Year Michelle Wie golf
Comeback of the Year Hermann Maier alpine skiing
Sportsperson with a Disability Earle Connor track and field athletics
Alternative Sportsperson Layne Beachley surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Arne Næss Jr. mountaineer
Sports for Good Award

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2003

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Lance Armstrong cycling
Sportswoman of the Year Serena Williams tennis
Team of the Year Brazil national football team football
Newcomer of the Year Yao Ming basketball
Comeback of the Year Ronaldo football
Sportsperson with a Disability Michael Milton alpine skiing
Alternative Sportsperson Dean Potter speed climbing
Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Player golf

2002

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Michael Schumacher motor racing
Sportswoman of the Year Jennifer Capriati tennis
Team of the Year Australian men's cricket team cricket
Newcomer of the Year Juan Pablo Montoya motor racing
Comeback of the Year Goran Ivanišević tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Esther Vergeer wheelchair tennis
Alternative Sportsperson Bob Burnquist skateboarding
Sport for Good Award Sir Peter Blake yachting
Lifetime Achievement Award Sir Peter Blake yachting

2001

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Tiger Woods golf
Sportswoman of the Year Cathy Freeman athletics
Team of the Year France national football team football
Newcomer of the Year Marat Safin tennis
Comeback of the Year Jennifer Capriati tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Vinny Lauwers paraplegic sailing
Alternative Sportsperson Mike Horn equator circumnavigation
Sport for Good Award Kip Keino athletics
Lifetime Achievement Award Sir Steve Redgrave rowing

2000

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Tiger Woods golf
Sportswoman of the Year Marion Jones athletics
Team of the Year Manchester United football
Newcomer of the Year Sergio García golf
Comeback of the Year Lance Armstrong cycling
Sportsperson with a Disability Louise Sauvage wheelchair athletics
Alternative Sportsperson Shaun Palmer multi-discipline
Sport for Good Award Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Lifetime Achievement Award Pelé football

Laureus World Sports Academy Members

Active

The Academy was originally 40-strong, and as of early 2007, currently has 45 members. Those marked with an asterisk (*) after their names joined after the Academy was originally founded.

Deceased

Past members

  • Pelé (Brazil) - football. Retired from the Academy in 2007.

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