LAUREUS WORLD COMEBACK OF THE YEAR 2019 NOMINEES

Awarded to the sportsperson or team who has overcome injury, illness, adversity, disappointment or failure and risen back to triumph in the sporting arena. The Award may also mark a historic fightback by an individual or a team in a sporting event or series of sports events.

Yuzuru Hanyu

(Japan) Skating

(Japan) Skating

The reigning Olympic men’s figure skating champion suffered a serious ankle ligament injury three months ahead of Pyeongchang. Although not able to practise jumps until three weeks before the competition, he remarkably won a second straight gold medal.

Mark McMorris

(Canada) Snowboarding

(Canada) Snowboarding

Came back from a life-threatening snowboard accident in March 2017 in which he suffered a broken jaw, broken arm, ruptured spleen, pelvic fracture and a collapsed left lung to compete in the Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in Slopestyle.

Bibian Mentel-Spee

(Netherlands) Paralympic Snowboarding

(Netherlands) Paralympic Snowboarding

A cancer sufferer, she had to have the C6 vertebra in her neck replaced with titanium. She was not able to compete before going to Pyeongchang, but only six weeks after leaving hospital she won two Winter Paralympic gold medals.

Vinesh Phogat

(India) Wrestling

(India) Wrestling

After a serious knee injury during the 2016 Rio Olympics, Vinesh had to drop out of competition. After a year long recovery, she came back to win an Asian Championship silver medal in 2018, followed by gold at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

Lindsey Vonn

(USA) Skiing

(USA) Skiing

Despite a broken right arm and back injury in 2017, the most successful US women’s ski racer in history came back to win a bronze medal in the Winter Olympics. It was a personal triumph for Vonn who had missed the 2014 Games in Sochi with a knee injury.

Tiger Woods

(USA) Golf

(USA) Golf

After a year’s absence because of spinal fusion surgery, the former World No.1 won the US Tour Championship in September. He also finished second in the US PGA and sixth in The Open, both Major Championships, and was picked for the US Ryder Cup team.