Usain Bolt, Simone Biles named 2017 Laureus World Sportsman/woman of the Year

Jamaica's sprint king, Usain Bolt. PHOTO/Getty Images

Usain Bolt was names 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year at a ceremony in Monaco, Tuesday – after ending his Olympic career with another 3 gold medals.
The 30-year-old Jamaican sprint star won the award previously in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, the first woman to win 4 gymnastics gold medals in a single Olympic Games, was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year.

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won the Comeback of the Year honor after returning to competition to compete at the Rio Games where he became the most decorated Olympian of all time.

The Olympic Refugee Team received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration.

The Refugee Team, which consisted of 10 athletes competing in 3 sports, was formed by the International Olympic Committee for the Olympics in Rio to act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.
“This award is for the 65.4 million displaced people globally, who cannot go to their homes because of strife,” said Kenyan distance running legend Tecla Lorupe, the team’s chef de mission.

Nico Rosberg of Germany, won the Breakthrough of the Year award, while Italy’s Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee competing in international wheelchair fencing, won the Disability Award.

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