BERKELEY - Missy Franklin, who swam her way to a record six gold medals at the World Championships last summer, has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award.
The prestigious honor adds to a growing list of accolades over the past six months for the Cal freshman. In October, Franklin was named the Sportswoman of the Year for an individual sports by the Women’s Sports Foundation. ESPNW also placed her No. 3 on its list of the most impactful female athletes of 2013, and Time Magazine chose her as one of the top 16 most influential teens of 2013. In addition, she was tabbed the National Swimmer of the Week and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December after being the high-point scorer at the AT&T Winter Nationals meet in early December.
Franklin is one of six nominees for the Laureus award, with the others being:
- Nadine Angerer (Germany) Soccer – FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, captain of German team
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Track & Field – won three sprint gold medals at World Championships
- Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Track & Field – won pole vault world title in front of home Russian crowd
- Tina Maze (Slovenia) Skiing – won Overall World Cup and three other disciplines, plus Super G world title
- Serena Williams (USA) Tennis – won French Open and U.S. Open, plus eight other tournaments in 2013
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Franklin captured the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle, and she was a member of the winning USA squads in the 400- and 800-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay. Earlier in the summer, she won four individual events at U.S. Nationals – 100 and 200 back and 100 and 200 free.
As a freshman for the Golden Bears, Franklin owns team-leading times in the 50-yard, 100-yard, 200-yard and 500-yard free and has set school records in the 200- and 500-yard distances. She also has NCAA A qualifying standards in the 100, 200 and 500 free, as well as the 100 and 200 back.
Franklin and the rest of her Cal teammates are in Federal Way, Wash., this week for the Pac-12 Championships, which run Wednesday through Saturday. The season concludes at the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis.
The complete list of nominees in all categories for the 15th annual Laureus sports awards can be found here. The winners will be announced March 26 during a ceremony in Malaysia.
Laureus comprises the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards, which collectively harness the power of sport to promote social change (and celebrate sporting excellence). The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation raises funds to provide financial and practical support to more than 140 projects which use the power of sport to provide coaching and education to young people in some of the most challenging or deprived environments around the world. The annual Laureus World Sports Awards showcase the work for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and celebrate the achievements of athletes from across the sporting world. For more information, visit laureus.com.