Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky headline the nominations for the 2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggles Awards, which will be held Nov. 21 in New York City. NBC’s Bob Costas will emcee the annual red-carpet celebration and fundraising gala.
Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, was nominated for Male Athlete of the Year, along with Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Murphy.
Ledecky, who won four gold medals in Rio, was nominated for Female Athlete of the Year, along with Maya DiRado and Simone Manuel.
Phelps and Ledecky seem like locks for the Athlete of the Year Awards. After all, Phelps and Ledecky were already named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards.
Phelps is a six-time winner of the Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year Award, and Ledecky is looking to become the first athlete—male or female—to win Golden Goggles Athlete of the Year honors for four consecutive years.
Other categories include Male and Female Race of the Year, Breakout Performer of the Year, Perseverance Award, Coach of the Year and Relay Performance of the Year.
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.