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The 2017 Laureus Sports awards nominees

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017

THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS

ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES: Tyler Wright (Australia, surfing), John John Florence (USA, surfing), Chloe Kim (USA, snowboarding), Pedro Barros (Brazil, skateboarding), Rachel Atherton (Great Britain, mountain biking) and Kelly Sildaru (Estonia, freestyle skiing).

WORLD SPORTSWOMAN ON THE YEAR: Simone Biles (USA, gymnastics), Katie Ledecky (USA, swimming), Allyson Felix (USA, athletics), Angelique Kerber (Germany, tennis), Elaine Thompson (Jamaica, athletics) and Laura Kenny (Great Britain, cycling).

WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Usain Bolt (Jamaica, athletics), Mo Farah (Great Britain, athletics), Andy Murray (Great Britain, tennis), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, soccer), Stephen Curry (USA, basketball) and LeBron James (USA, basketball).

WORLD COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Michael Phelps (USA, swimming), Ruth Beitia (Spain, high jump), Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina, tennis), Nick Skelton (Great Britain, equestrian), Fabienne St Louis (Mauritius, triathlon) and Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway, skiing).

WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, Portugal Euro 2016 soccer team, Real Madrid Champions League soccer team, Brazil Olympic Games soccer team, Chicago Cubs baseball team and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

WORLD BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR: Nico Rosberg (Germany, Formula One), Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia, athletics), Wade van Niekerk (South Africa, athletics), Leicester City English Premier League soccer team, Iceland Euro 2016 soccer team and Fiji Olympic Games rugby sevens team.

WORLD SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY: Ihar Boki (Belarus, swimming), Sophie Pascoe (New Zealand, swimming), Omara Durand (Cuba, athletics), Siamand Rahman (Iran, weightlifting), Marcel Hug (Switzerland, wheelchair racing) and Beatrice Vio (Italy, fencing).

*The eventual winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14.

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