Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Ireen Wuest lead ANOC Award winners
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Dutch speed skater Ireen Wuest were named the best male and female athletes of the Sochi Olympics by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) on Friday.
Bjoerndalen won two biathlon gold medals at his sixth Olympics in February, giving him a Winter Olympic record 13 career medals.
Wuest won five medals in Sochi, the most by a single athlete at those Winter Games.
The Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams won the best team awards for Sochi.
The ANOC also presented awards to its top male and female athletes and teams from the London 2012 Games -- Kenyan 800m gold medalist David Rudisha, Chinese table tennis singles and doubles champion Li Xiaoxia, the French men’s handball team and the Brazil women’s volleyball team.
The U.S. and Russian Olympic Committees earned awards as the most successful National Olympic Committees at the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Games, respectively.
Retired Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won an award for outstanding performance. Latynina won 18 medals over the 1956, ’60 and ’64 Olympics, a career record that stood until Michael Phelps broke it at London 2012.
Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president from 2001 to 2013, was given a lifetime achievement award.