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Vote for Athlete of the Year

06.12.2005 | Off Court

usatoday.com and Sports Academy open voting for 2005 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Fans worldwide can vote online for the United States Sports Academy’s 2005 Athlete of the Year award. Votes will be collected online until December 24. If you'd like to support Roger and submit your vote, please follow the link below.  


The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in any sport around the globe on a monthly basis. USSA holds online voting for the Athlete of the Month in which a committee comprised of media representatives and sports leaders from around the world vote on the top male and female athletes.


The 2005 male ballot includes Lance Armstrong, Ole Einar Bjoerdalen, Tom Brady, Reggie Bush, Tim Duncan, Jermaine Dye, Roger Federer, Matt Leinart, Peyton Manning, Bode Miller, Asafa Powell, Aaron Peirsol, Tony Stewart and Tiger Woods.


This years female ballot includes Kim Clijsters, Natalie Coughlin, Tirunesh Dibaba, Yolanda Griffith, Gao Jun, Deena Kastor, Nastia Liukin, Danica Patrick, Paula Radcliffe, Irina Slutskaya, Annika Sorenstam, Venus Williams and Yelena Isinbayeva.


As in years past, the male or female athlete receiving the most votes will be named the Academy’s Athlete of the Year. Past winners include Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. In addition to the overall winner, a Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year will also be selected.


“Opening the vote to a worldwide audience is exciting because we receive feedback from a wide range of sports fans, who will ultimately decide which athlete is best of the best,” said Vice President of Development and Communications, Mark Stevens. “This year’s ballot is strong in the male and female categories, so for anyone who participates, the decision will be difficult.”


Since 1984, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives, a division of the Sports Academy, has recognized outstanding athletes and artists in all sports through its Awards of Sport program. USSA presents awards each year to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions in sports through their athletic, coaching, administrative or artistic achievements.


Last year, as the leading overall vote getter in the male and female categories, swimming sensation Michael Phelps won the 2004 Outstanding Athlete of the Year. Fellow Olympian Carly Patterson received the most votes in the women's category to take home 2004 Female Athlete of the Year honors. Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who has almost single-handedly revitalized the greatest race in cycling, won the men's category and title of 2004 Male Athlete of the Year.

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12/27/2005 | 12:52 AM
Dearest Roger,

As you said in your Christmas and New Year message "together anything is possible". All the fans must have voted overwhelmingly for you and so you have now won the US Sports Academy's 2005 Athlete of the Year Award.

Congratulations! Y
12/26/2005 | 06:09 PM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations! You won. There was no doubt in my mind that you would win. Everyone can see that you really are an outstanding athlete!!
Warmest Wishes, Diana
12/12/2005 | 10:25 AM
I did.
I hope all peopñe vote .....you deserve it
12/12/2005 | 06:36 AM
Roger, I voted for you many times!
12/11/2005 | 11:16 PM
Just voted, you would always be a champion. Take good care of yourself, have a nice holiday with mirka and hope you have a splendid 2006. Merry christmas roger!
12/11/2005 | 03:31 PM
Hallo Roger,

Natuerlich Du hast es verdient, Athelete of the Year Award zu besitzen.

Viel Glueck! Deine fan aus Thailand
12/11/2005 | 12:09 PM
Roger!!I just finished voting for you, the best player, ROGER FEDERER!!!good luck dude!!
12/11/2005 | 09:16 AM
I voted for you Roger!
Good luck!!!!!
Take care.
12/10/2005 | 08:55 PM
I voted for you.Wish you all the best
12/10/2005 | 03:19 PM
I have voted for Roger many times already (about 100 times) and I will keep voting more and more!

GOOD LUCK ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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