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Women’s Sports Foundation announces finalists for Sportswoman of the Year awards

Missy Franklin

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 03: Missy Franklin of the USA celebrates after the Swimming Women’s Backstroke 200m Final on day fifteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 3, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Olympic champions like Missy Franklin and future Olympic stars like Amanda Kessel are among the finalists for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year awards.

Franklin, who won six gold medals at the World Swimming Championships, leads eight finalists for the award for women in individual sports. You can vote here.

Other finalists include figure skater Mao Asada, who won bronze at the World Championships (note gold medalist Yuna Kim is not a finalist), snowboarder Kelly Clark, who won the superpipe at the Winter X Games, and Alpine skier Tina Maze, who broke the record for most points scored in a World Cup season in 2012-13.

There’s also Paralympic track and field athlete Tatyana McFadden, who won a record six golds at the IPC Athletics World Championships in July, pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, the silver medalist at the World Championships, and world No. 1 tennis player Serena Williams and golfer Inbee Park.

The Sportswoman of the Year finalists for a team sport include Kessel, the NCAA women’s hockey player of the year who scored the deciding goal in the gold-medal game of the World Championships. You can vote for the team sport award here.

Kessel is joined by world champion bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois, basketball player Candace Parker, Brazilian beach volleyball players Talita and Taiana, sitting volleyball player Katie Holloway and water polo player Melissa Seideman.

Here are the past winners of the Women’s Sports Foundation awards:

Gabby Douglas (2012)
Yani Tseng
Yuna Kim
Courtney Kupets
Nastia Liukin
Lorena Ochoa
Melanie Troxel
Erin Popovich
Annika Sorenstam
Natalie Coughlin
Sarah Hughes
Stacy Dragila
Jenny Thompson
Juli Inkster
Michelle Kwan
Gail Devers
Amy Van Dyken
Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
Julie Krone

Alex Morgan (2012)
Abby Wambach
Katie O’Donnell
Jessie Vetter
Jessica Mendoza
Monica Abbott
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh
Cat Osterman
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh
Lisa Leslie
Sue Bird
Lisa Leslie
Serena & Venus Williams
Mia Hamm
Cynthia Cooper
Mia Hamm
Teresa Edwards
Rebecca Lobo
Lisa Fernandez
Sheryl Swoopes

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