Olympic champions among Sullivan Award finalists


Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Katie Ledecky and World champion Simone Biles were among the Sullivan Award finalists announced Wednesday.

The Sullivan Award honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for the last calendar year.

Davis and White, Ledecky and Biles are finalists with NCAA champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

A winner will be announced April 19. The public can vote here through March 25.

In 2014, Davis and White became the first U.S. ice dancers to win Olympic gold. Ledecky broke swimming world records in three events. Biles became the first U.S. woman to win four gold medals at a single World Gymnastics Championships.

Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 14 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin two years ago.

Semifinalists who didn’t make the finalist cut included Olympic bronze medalist luger Erin Hamlin, Olympic champion water polo player Maggie Steffens, World champion wrestler Adeline Gray and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

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