Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Nico Rosberg dominated their sports at the Olympic games 2016 and the F1 World Championship in 2016. They claimed the top accolades at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
Laureus Awards winners
American swimmer Michael Phelps won the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award, as he won his 23rd (!) Olympic gold medal in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro. Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete in history. To explore the Olympic Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio collection please click here. This watch was specially manufactured for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
German driver Nico Rosberg, who quit Formula 1 in December five days after being crowned World Champion, received the Breakthrough of the year Award. The Formula 1 World Championship 2016 was an intense and long battle between the two Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg is an IWC ambassador, in order to check out our IWC collection please click here.
Hublot ambassador and eight-time Olympic sprint champion Bolt won three gold medals at Rio 2016 in the 100m,200m and 4x100m relay. That took his all-time Olympic medal tally to nine but last month he was asked to hand one back after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.
Other Laureus award winners:
Team of the year:
Chicago Cubs, who ended a 108-year wait to win Major League Baseball’s World Series.
Spirit of sportsmanship:
Leicester City, for winning the Premier League for the first time in history.
Sportsperson of the Year with a disability:
Beatrice Vio, Italian wheelchair fencer who won gold at the 2016 Paralympics.
Sport for Good Award:
for Sporting Inspiration: The Refugee Olympic Team, who competed at the Rio Olympics.
Best Sporting Moment:
Barcelona Under-12 team whose players consoled their distraught Japanese opponents at the end of the Junior Soccer World Challenge in a touching show of sportsmanship.
Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick said “You always know in an Olympic year you are going to see a strong group of Nominees and competition to win an Award is though. What delighted me that we have an amazing mix of some of the greatest names in sport who have been performing at the highest level for as long as a decade, combined with some of the most exciting new faces we have seen for many years. This year the Nominees and Laureus Award winners are of an exceptional high level.”
While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus Awards Ceremony also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 100 programmes, in around 40 countries. Our work to transform society is championed by the Laureus World Sports Academy of over 60 legends of sport. They are supported by more than 180 Laureus Ambassadors.