Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has been nominated for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Best of February Awards. The 21-year-old Kenin became the youngest American woman to win a Grand Slam since Serena Williams in September 2002 when she won the title in Melbourne after scoring a three-set win over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
The win also made her the top-ranked American woman in the world rankings and she is currently ranked No. 5 in the world. Kenin has been nominated alongside Para-Nordic skier Kendall Gretsch, who claimed six medals at the World Cup in Finsterau in Germany; Susan Dunklee, who became the first American to earn two biathlon world medals, finishing with silver in the 7.5 kilometre sprint in Antholz-Anterselva in Italy; Para-cyclist Clara Brown for winning four medals, including gold in the time trial and omnium, in the women's C3 class at the World Championships in Milton; and Snowboarder Jamie Anderson for winning her fourth straight major title in a row at the US Open.
In the men's category, BMX racer Connor Fields headlines the list of nominees; along with Slopestyle snowboarder Dusty Henricksen; fencer Gerek Meinhardt, Galen Rupp, the victor at the US Olympic marathon trials, and freestyle skier Justin Schoenefeld.
The winner is decided by public votes and national governing body representatives and select members of the media. The public vote accounts for 50 per cent of the final result while the remaining 50 per cent comes from national governing body representatives and select members of the media.