This October, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports will celebrate the incredible achievements of top female athletes and leaders in sport. An impressive group of elite athletes, representing 14 sports, will contend for Sportswoman of the Year in both individual and team categories.

The finalists on the 2013 ballot for the awards have distinguished themselves from the field by their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances during the consideration period of August 13, 2012 – July 31, 2013. The winners are to be determined by the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee and the public.

Here’s where you come in… The Women’s Sports Foundation is asking YOU to become a part of history by casting a vote for your favorite athlete of 2013. Voting is open until September 9th.

Individual Award Finalists:

Figure Skater – Mao Asada

MaoAsadaThe 22 year old skater is the 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalist and a two-time World champion. She is the fifth woman and the first junior girl to land the triple axel. This past year she has captured four gold medals at International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating competitions around the world.

Snowboarder – Kelly Clark


A two-time Olympic medalist, Kelly is a trailblazer and dominant force in the sport. Celebrating her 60th career win in the 2013 season, more than any male or female snowboarder, followed a record year of wins with two X Games gold medals, a win at the Burton US Open and a victory at the Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia.

Swimmer – Missy Franklin


There is no stopping this young swimmer. The 18-year-old just became the “winningest” female swimmer ever at the Worlds, improving on her performance at the London Olympics, where she was one of the biggest stars with four golds and a bronze.

Alpine Skier – Tina Maze


A World Cup alpine ski racer, she is one of just 6 women who have won in all five World Cup events and one of three women who have won in all five disciplines in a single season. Tina is currently ranked No. 1 by the International Ski Federation for the 2013 season after scoring [=record breaking points in a single season.

Paralympic Track & Field – Tatyana McFadden


Tatyana has won 10 Paralympic medals in the 2013 Summer Games. Earlier in the year, she won both the Boston and London marathons. She became the first athlete to win six gold medals at a championships during the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

Golfer – Inbee Park


This LPGA golfer was recently ranked the No. 1 player in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. She won the 2013 Honda LPGA Classic, and is the second player in LPGA history to have one all three major championships consecutively, with wins at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open.

Track & Field – Jenn Suhr


Jenn is a pole vaulter and is the current Olympic champion. She has been ranked No. 1 in the World for the last 2 years, and has won a total of 13 US National Championships. She has won several pole vault events this year, including the United States Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past June.

Tennis – Serena Williams


Serena Williams has been ranked World No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on six separate occasions. This past Sunday, she won her third Rogers Cup title, it was her eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career. She is one of only nine players in history to have won 50 WTA singles titles.


Vote for the Sportswoman of the Year Individual Sport Award here.
Vote for the Sportswoman of the Year Team Sport Award here.

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