Kobe Bryant? Lindsey Vonn? Rafael Nadal? Vote for "Sport Personality of the Year" on France24.com. The poll will remain open until December 29.
BASKETBALL - Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers/ USA)
Named best player of the decade and awarded the NBA finals' "Most Valuable Player" award for the second year in a row, LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the youngest active player to score 25,000 points in his career.
TENNIS - Kim Clijsters (Belgiium)
She returned to the courts to win. One year after her comeback, Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters won five titles, including a third US Open. She was named “2010 Player of the Year” by WTA members despite not being the world’s number One.
FOOTBALL - Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan/ Cameroon)
With five titles (Italian Championship, Cup, Super Cup, Champions League, Clubs World Cup) under his belt, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o won the 2010 African Ballon d’Or for a fourth time despite a poor run at the 2010 World Cup.
FOOTBALL - Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona/ Spain)
He is one of FC Barcelona’s most important players and scored the only goal at the World Cup final that gave Spain its first-ever title. Andres Iniesta is an obvious choice to succeed Leo Messi for the 2010 Ballon d’Or.
ATHLETICS - Christophe Lemaintre (France)
The first Caucasian athlete to run 100m in less than 10 sec (9”97), the first-ever European champion to win three gold medals, the first-ever French male athlete to be named “European athlete of the year”....At 20, Christophe Lemaitre has made a name for himself.
RALLYE (WRC) - Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/ France)
With a historic seventh World Champion title, Sébastien Loeb has definitely earned his spot on Motorsport’s wall of legends.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal (Spain)
After a “poor” 2009 season, the Spaniard came back stronger than ever on the courts. With a seven-title spree including three Grand Slams (French Open, Wimbledon, US Open), “Rafa” took back the ATP’s top spot from main rival Roger Federer.
JUDO - Teddy Riner (France)
At 21 years old and 129 kg, Teddy Riner is a phenomenon. At the Tokyo World Championships, he became the 5th judoka in history to win four world titles. He even came close to becoming the greatest judoka of all time, but lost the open weight final.
Some compare him to Michael Schumacher; others say he is already better than his seven-time champion counterpart. At 23, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest-ever F1 world champion after he won the Bahrein GP.
Don’t be fooled by her angelic smile; Lindsey Vonn is a winning machine. Olympic champion in Vancouver and three-time World Cup champion, Vonn was named “Female Athlete of the Year” by AP.
Date created : 2010-12-23