Rafa Nadal Wins Laureus Award


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Rafael Nadal, Lindsey Vonn win 2011 Laureus awards

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Spain's Rafael Nadal and American Lindsey Vonn are the winners of this year's Laureus Sports Awards.

Nadal was honored as the sportsman of the year and Vonn the sportswoman in a ceremony Monday in Abu Dhabi. Nadal won the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open to rank as the world's No. 1 tennis player, while Vonn won two Olympic medals in Vancouver, including gold in the downhill, and her third consecutive World Cup overall title.

In the other awards, Spain's World Cup squad won the team of the year; Italian motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi claimed the comeback of the year award; French soccer great Zinedine Zidane won the lifetime achievement award and American surfer Kelly Slater took the action sportsperson of the year.

Winners are chosen by 46 sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy.



Caption ABU DHABI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) 07/02/2011.- Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (L) -nominated for the Laureus Sports Awards as best sportsman of the year- and windsurf world championship Victor Fernandez (R)-nominated for the Laureus Sports Awards as best extrem sportsman- pose prior to the cermony held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 07 February 2011. EFE/Silvia Luaces


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