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Kyle Snyder latest Olympian to win Sullivan Award

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Wrestler Kyle Snyder joined a long list of Olympic champions to earn the Sullivan Award, which has honored the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete since 1930.

Past honorees include Michael PhelpsCarl Lewis and Eric Heiden.

Snyder, the youngest American to win an Olympic and a world wrestling title, beat a group of finalists that also included Olympic figure skating bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

The other finalists were Angela Peavy (equestrian), Annika Albrecht (volleyball), Kelly Hunter (volleyball), Joel Berry II (basketball) and Erin Finn (track and field).

Snyder, a finalist last year, became the fourth wrestler to take the award after fellow Olympic champions John SmithBruce Baumgartner and Rulon Gardner.

In the last year, Snyder won his third straight global title at August’s world championships in a final showdown with Russian Abdulrashid Sadulayev and three-peated as NCAA champion in March. The 22-year-old then turned professional en route to what he hopes is his second Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

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Olympians/Paralympians to win Sullivan Award since 2000
2018: Kyle Snyder (Wrestling)
2016: Breanna Stewart (Basketball, shared award)
2013: Missy Franklin (Swimming)
2011: Evan Lysacek (Figure Skating)
2009: Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics)
2007: Jessica Long (Swimming, Paralympics)
2005: Paul Hamm (Gymnastics)
2004: Michael Phelps (Swimming)
2003: Sarah Hughes (Figure Skating)
2002: Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating)
2001: Rulon Gardner (Wrestling)

Olympic champions among Sullivan Award semifinalists

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Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Katie Ledecky are among 14 semifinalists for the Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2014.

Also nominated were World champion gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic bronze medalist luger Erin Hamlin, Olympic champion water polo player Maggie Steffens and World champion wrestler Adeline Gray.

They make up the top semifinalists among Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. They’ll go up against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and Duke center Jahlil Okafor, among others.

Voting is available here and will close Sunday. A winner will be announced among six finalists on April 19.

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.

Hamlin became the first U.S. Olympic singles luge medalist, Steffens was named the international women’s water polo Player of the Year and Gray won a World Wrestling Championship.

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

Here’s the full list of 14 semifinalists:

Shawn Barber, Track and Field
Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Figure Skating
Ezekiel Elliott, Football
Adeline Gray, Wrestling
Erin Hamlin, Luge
Micha Hancock, Volleyball
Haley Ishimatsu, Diving
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Marcus Mariota, Football
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Basketball
Jahlil Okafor, Basketball
Ollie Schneiderjans, Golf
Maggie Steffens, Water Polo

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Sullivan Award narrowed to finalists

Cory McGee
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World Championships runner Cory McGee is among three finalists for the Sullivan Award announced Friday.

McGee, who ran in the 1500m heats at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, joined Penn State football player John Urschel and Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson as finalists for the award that honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2013.

The winner will be announced April 11 in Orlando, Fla.

McGee, 21, made the 2013 World Championships team coming back from a freak injury at the 2012 Olympic Trials. After she raced at the trials, she was at a restaurant when a nearby table said “cheers” and clanged their glasses a little too hard. One glass broke, and a shard from it gashed her ankle.

McGee missed the entire fall 2012 college cross-country season at the University of Florida.

The AAU has more bio information on the finalists here.

Olympic champions David Boudia and Katie Ledecky were among 19 nominees announced earlier this month, but they did not make the finalist cut.

Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 13 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin last year.

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