Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Olympic champions come up short for AP Female Athlete of the Year


Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis, 13, was voted the youngest-ever Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, an award given since 1931.

The highest-placing Olympian was third, tennis player Serena Williams, who won one Grand Slam tournament in an average-at-best year for her. Williams received 13 votes, behind Davis (31) and basketball player Lauren Hill (14), who played college basketball while battling terminal brain cancer.

The highest-placing Sochi Olympian was Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who tied for seventh with four votes. Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion at age 18.

It’s the lowest place for the top Winter Olympian in a Winter Olympic year since the Winter and Summer Olympics began alternating even-numbered years with the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games.

This is the first year that an Olympian did not win the award since Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa in 2007. The only Winter Olympian to win in the last 20 years was Lindsey Vonn in 2010.

Here were the results:

Mo’ne Davis31
Lauren Hill14
Serena Williams13
Katie Ledecky7
Michelle Wie5
Ronda Rousey5
Mikaela Shiffrin4
Stacy Lewis4
Brittney Griner3
Maya Moore3
Simone Biles2
Danica Patrick1
Tina Maze1
Ireen Wust1

Video: Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir share New Year’s resolutions

Follow @nzaccardi