Petra Only WTA Player to Be Nominated For Prestigious 2012 Laureus Sportswoman Of The Year Award
I'm Not sure if you guys posted this already (so I apologize in advance if it has), but Petra is one of the current 13 nominees. It gets whittled down to 6 on Dec 15. They announce the winner next year in London, February 6th. I hope Petra makes the short list. It's a prestigious award. And Yes; Petra's was the only picture they provided. This is from their Official Website.
LONDON, December 1, 2011 - Homare Sawa and Yani Tseng, two amazing sport stars from the Far East, are among the favourites to be nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, along with a clutch of gold medal winners from the World Athletics Championships in Daegu.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognised as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised Awards Ceremony in London on Monday, February 6.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 89 community sports projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.
In July 2011, Homare Sawa captained Japan to its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup with victory over the United States in a penalty shootout. In addition, she was awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament's leading scorer, with five goals, and the Golden Ball for being the top player. Long considered Japan's finest female footballer, she made her international debut at 15 and has played more than 170 times for Japan, scoring 80 goals.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng, at 22, has enjoyed one of the most amazing years in the history of women's golf. By the end of October, she had ten wins, including two Major Championships - the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Ricoh British Open - and had amassed prize money of US$2.8 million, twice the winnings of Christie Kerr in second place on the money list. She finished in the top ten 13 times in the 20 tournaments she had played at that time.
The World Athletics Championships in Daegu in August have produced several strong contenders for nomination for the Laureus Sportswoman Award. THE most impressive candidate is Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot, who established herself as one of the great distance runners of this generation after winning the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres gold medals. Earlier in the year, Cheruiyot won the World Cross-Country Championship in Punta Umbria in Spain.
Also in Daegu, Carmelita Jeter became the fastest woman in the world when she won the blue riband 100 metres gold medal. She also won gold in the 4 x 100 metres relay and silver in the 200 metres. Currently she holds three of the top ten times ever run, while Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of the current group of outstanding Jamaican sprinters, at last won the 200 metres gold medal after three unsuccessful attempts. She also won silver medals in the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.
In the heptathlon, Russia's Tatyana Chernova got the better of British rival Jessica Ennis and took the gold medal. Chernova equalled her personal best in the 200 metres and the 100 metres hurdles and set a new best in the shot putt, winning the title with a new personal best of 6,880 points. New Zealand's Valerie Adams, indisputably the greatest female shot-putter in the world, won her third straight world title, after also winning in Osaka in 2007 and Berlin in 2009.
The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, at 21, beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win Wimbledon, her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the first Grand Slam winner born in the 1990s. As 8th seed, she beat Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, Roberta Vinci, Yanina Wickmayer, Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka on her way to the final. The other significant highlight of her year came in October when she won the WTA Championships in Istanbul, defeating Victoria Azarenka in three sets.
In winter sports, the incredible Marit Bjørgen won four gold medals and one silver at the World Nordic Championships at Holmenkollen in her native Norway. She is the most successful sprinter in cross-country World Cup history. At Holmenkollen, she won the Sprint, the 10km Classic, the 15km Pursuit and the 4 x 5km relay. In Alpine skiing, Germany's Maria Höfl-Riesch won the overall Alpine World Cup for the first time. During the year, Höfl-Riesch won seven times to beat her great rival Lindsey Vonn.
Australia's Anna Meares won three gold medals in the World Track Cycling Championships in Holland, winning each of the sprint disciplines - Keirin, Team Sprint and Individual Sprint. In 2008, Meares suffered a bad accident at the World Cup when she broke her neck, but she fought back and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won a silver medal in the Individual Sprint.
Two British athletes dominated the triathlon in 2011. Chrissie Wellington won her fourth Ironman Triathlon World Championship in five years, despite racing in Hawaii with a torn muscle after a bike crash two weeks earlier. Helen Jenkins won her second World Triathlon Championship after finishing runner-up in the season-ending Grand Final in Beijing. It was a third second place in the seven-race series for Jenkins, who won only once, in London, over the 2012 Olympic course in Hyde Park.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2011, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, as voted by the Laureus Media Selection Panel, will be announced on December 15. The eventual winner will then be chosen by the 47 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the greatest athletes of today.