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From usaarchery.com: The Team USA Awards presented by Dow recognize the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes year-round. Every day of the year, U.S. athletes are competing in dozens of sports in countries throughout the world, striving for competitive excellence as they represent the United States.

The Team USA Awards shine a light on these athletes’ inspiring performances. The program invites fans to join the conversation by voting at TeamUSA.org/Awards.

The awards consist of three different time frames: Best of the Month; Best of the Year; and Best of the Games.

Best of the Month
Every day of the year, Team USA athletes are striving to make history at competitions throughout the world. Fans help determine and honor the best of the best each month through the Team USA Awards.

  • Female Olympic/Paralympic Athlete of the Month
  • Male Olympic/Paralympic Athlete of the Month
  • Olympic/Paralympic Team of the Month

Five female athletes, five male athletes and three teams are selected as finalists for the Best of the Month awards based on their competitive achievements over the past 30 days. The awards recognize athletes in all Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports, from archery to wrestling on the summer side, and alpine skiing to speedskating on the winter.

Click HERE to view the Best of the Month winners in 2015.

Best of the Year
The prestigious Best of the Year honors have been presented annually for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1974. Past winners have included speedskater Dan Jansen, figure skater Michelle Kwan, track athlete Carl Lewis, gymnast Nastia Liukin, swimmer Michael Phelps and skier Lindsey Vonn.In non-Olympic years, the Team USA Awards honor the Best of the Year in six categories:

  • Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Olympic Athlete of the Year
  • Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • Olympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow
  • Paralympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow

Also awarded is the Building Dreams Awards, presented by USG, which honors an individual, group or community that has gone above and beyond in its support of Team USA athletes.

The winners are announced at the Team USA Awards Ceremony, Celebrating the Best of the Year, presented by Dow. In 2015, the event is taking place Dec. 10 in Philadelphia. The year-end celebration recognizes and crowns the most accomplished and inspiring individuals and teams of the year.

Best of the Year past winners. Olympic | Paralympic

Best of the Games
Beginning in 2014, the Team USA Awards began honoring the best athletes and teams of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Best of the Games awards are presented in eight categories:

  • Female Athlete of the Olympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Athlete of the Olympic Games
  • Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games
  • Team of the Olympic Games, presented by Dow
  • Team of the Paralympic Games, presented by Dow
  • Moment of the Olympic Games
  • Moment of the Paralympic Games

Also awarded is the Building Dreams Award, presented by USG, which honors an individual, group or community that has gone above and beyond in its support of Team USA athletes.

In 2016, the winners will be announced at the Team USA Awards Ceremony, Celebrating the Best of the Games, presented by Dow. The event will take place in October or November in Washington, D.C., in tandem with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams’ visit to the White House.

Click HERE to view past Best of the Games winners.

In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the program is also supported by DICK’s Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.

http://www.teamusa.org/team-usa-awards