Max Verstappen and Elaine Thompson-Herah headline Laureus Awards at full speed
IAt a ceremony where virtual reality and technology were once again needed to make it happen, speed was the star of the show. Laureus Award 2021.
The event was chaired from Seville by the famous Lindsay Vonn and in which the Spanish sport, which had six nominations, failed to win any of the awards it was competing for.
Despite this, there was a special price for the Real Madrid Foundation.
The last F1 world champion, Max Verstappenand the three-time Olympic champion, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herahwere honored with the Best Male and Female Athlete awards respectively.
Completing the mosaic were the Italian national football teamEuro 2020 champions, as the best team and tennis player Emma Raducanuwinner of the US Open, as the best breakthrough.
The most striking return is that of the young British skateboarder sky brown – she suffered a skull fracture in 2020 and won bronze in Tokyo – and the best Paralympic athlete, Marcel Calinthe quadruple Swiss champion in Tokyo.
Moreover, Britain Bethany Shrievergold medalist in BMX, raised the Cartier statuette of the best extreme sports athlete and the prize for the best solidarity sports project on the planet was awarded to The Lost Boys Inca Chicago street baseball program that transforms the Windy City’s most dangerous neighborhoods through youth programs.
None of the six nominees from Spanish sport (Alexia Putellas, FCBarcelona, Pedri, Mark Marquez, Alberto Gines and Susana Rodriguez) won the vote of a popular jury composed of various academics, sportsmen and journalists.
Rossi, Lewandowski, Brady?
Beyond the competition, the prizes initiated 22 years ago by Nelson Mandelawanted to honor the legends.
Robert Lewandowski, Tom Brady and Valentino Rossi have been honored with career awards.
the Real Madrid Foundationwhich celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, also received an award.
In addition, there was also another prize for Gerald Asamoah and the black eaglesfor their role in combating racism in German football.