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Voting Opens for Women’s Sports Foundation’s Top “Sportswoman of the Year” Honors

WHAT:  Each year, The Women’s Sports Foundation celebrates the incredible performances of an individual sport athlete and team sport athlete over a 12-month period. Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Simone Biles and Candace Parker. Honorees are determined in part by a public vote who help to choose the recipients of the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award.

The athletes on the 2015 ballot – representing 18 sports and six different countries – have distinguished themselves from the field by their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015.

Sportswoman of the Year award winners will be crowned at the Foundation’s 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala on October 20 in New York. Click here for more information or to purchase tables and tickets for the biggest night in women’s sports.

Voting opens to the public at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17.*

Some 2015 finalists will attend the Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in New York

*Nominations are made by sport governing bodies and the public. 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).

 WHERE:  www.SportswomanOfTheYear.com
 WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 17 – Monday, Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET
 WHO:  The Women’s Sports Foundation—the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports—dedicated to creating leaders by providing all girls access to sports.

2015 Sportswoman of the Year Finalists (Recipients to be Announced at Annual Salute to Women in Sports)

Individual Sport:
– Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
– Kelly Clark (Snowboarding)
– Anna Fenninger (Alpine Skiing)
– Natalie Geisenberger (Luge)
– Hannah Kearney (Skiing – Freestyle)
– Jessica Long (Paralympic Swimming)
– Tatyana McFadden (Paralympic Track & Field)
– Inbee Park (Golf)
– Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (Figure Skating)
– Serena Williams (Tennis)

Team Sport:
– Talita Antunes & Larissa França (Beach Volleyball)
– Lauren Chamberlain (Softball)
– Cherrelle Garrett & Elana Meyers Taylor (Bobsled)
– Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (Sailing)
– Kimberly Hill  (Volleyball)
– Hilary Knight  (Ice Hockey)
– Carli Lloyd (Soccer)
– Maya Moore (Basketball)
– Maggie Steffens (Water Polo)
– Malaika Underwood (Baseball)

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