Phelps wins Laureus Award for most decorated Olympian
By Tales Azzoni ,APSAO PAULO -- Usain Bolt was named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards on Monday, with Europe's Ryder Cup golfers honored as the best team.
March 13, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Bolt won his third Laureus Award after another dominant Olympic performance on the track at London, winning the gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay. The European Ryder Cup team was rewarded for its remarkable rally against the United States at Medinah.
British heptathlete Jessica Ennis was chosen the sportswoman of 2012, while Andy Murray was named the top breakthrough athlete and Felix Sanchez the main comeback athlete.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner was the winner in the action category after becoming the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound. Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias won the disability award.
Michael Phelps won a special Laureus Academy award as the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold, two silver and two bronze medals, and former Olympian and London Games organizer Sebastian Coe won the Laureus' lifetime achievement award.
“The most honored and sincere awards that can ever be given are those by your peers,” Coe said. “This is an extraordinary honor. You only have to look at the good people you are surrounded by.”
The winners of the annual awards were chosen by nearly 50 members of the Laureus sports academy.
Bolt got the top individual prize again after another outstanding Olympic performance in London, where he also set the world record in the 4x100-meter relay with Jamaica.
“This last season was a tough year,” said Bolt, who also won the award in 2009 and 2010.