Sportswoman of the Year

Honoring the Year's Best in Women's Sports
Every year, at our Annual Salute to Women in Sports, we recognize an individual sport athlete and team sport athlete whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional. Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Nastia Liukin, Jessica Mendoza and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Simply put: our Sportswoman of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious in the game.

The public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee select the award winners by a 50-50 vote. The winners will be those two athletes who receive the highest combined share of a public vote (50% of composite) and the Awards Committee vote (50% of the composite).

Past Individual Sport Winners

Simone Biles
2014
Missy Franklin
2013
Gabby Douglas
2012
Yani Tseng
  2011
Yuna Kim
2010
Courtney Kupets
2009
Nastia Liukin
2008
Lorena Ochoa
2007
Melanie Troxel
2006
Erin Popovich
2005
Annika Sorenstam
2004
Natalie Coughlin
2003
Sarah Hughes
2002
Stacy Dragila
2001
Jenny Thompson
2000
Juli Inkster
1999
Michelle Kwan
1998
Gail Devers
1997
Amy Van Dyken
1996
Bonnie Blair
1995
Bonnie Blair
1994
Julie Krone
1993

Past Team Sport Winners

Meryl Davis
2014
Candace Parker
2013
Alex Morgan
2012
Abby Wambach
  2011
Katie O'Donnell
2010
Jessie Vetter
2009
Jessica Mendoza
2008
Monica Abbott
2007
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh
2006
Cat Osterman
2005
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh
2004
Lisa Leslie
2003
Sue Bird
2002
Lisa Leslie
2001
Serena & Venus Williams
2000
Mia Hamm
1999
Cynthia Cooper
1998
Mia Hamm
1997
Teresa Edwards
1996
Rebecca Lobo
1995
Lisa Fernandez
1994
Sheryl Swoopes
1993


Past Professional Winners

Pat Bradley
1992
Meg Mallon
1991
Paula Newby-Fraser
1990
Steffi Graf
1989
Susan Butcher
1988
Susan Butcher
1987
Lynette Woodard
1986
Libby Riddles
1985
Martina Navratilova
1984
Martina Navratilova
1983
Martina Navratilova
1982
Chris Evert
1981
Tracy Austin
1980

Past Amateur Winners

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1992
Jean Driscoll
1991
Lori Norwood
1990
Janet Evans
1989
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1988
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1987
Debi Thomas
1986
Michele Mitchell
1985
Joan Benoit
1984
Mary Lou Retton
1984
Mary Decker
1983
Mary Decker
1982
Tracy Caulkins
1981
Mary Decker
1980

 

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By Women's Sports Foundation

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Sportswoman of the Year

Each year, we honor two Sportswomen whose performaces in the past year have been exceptional. It is our recognition of the best of the best.

Wilma Rudolph Courage

Given to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels.

BJK Contribution

Presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women’s sports and to the WSF specifically.

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