The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the shortlist for January’s Athlete of the Month award, and the public can now vote for the winner via the poll on the homepage of www.Paralympic.org.
The finalists for January’s top performers include:
- Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia): The visually impaired skier had two first-place giant slalom finishes at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Sestriere, Italy, as well as a first and second-place finish in the slalom. She also won one of her giant slalom and slalom runs at the World Cup event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and both of her downhill runs at the Europa Cup in Tarvisio, Italy.
- Kozo Kubo (Japan): Kubo won all three biathlon sitting events at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup in Wisconsin, USA.
- Shingo Kunieda (Japan): The wheelchair tennis star won his sixth Australian Open title since 2007 in January, beating Frenchman Stephane Houdet in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. He also regained his world No. 1 men’s singles ranking.
- Evan Strong (USA): The American beat 26 other competitors to win the snowboard cross event in the men’s lower-limb classification at the IPC Alpine Skiing event in Nevada, USA, on 27 January.
- Aniek van Koot (Netherlands): The Dutch wheelchair tennis player won the women’s singles title at the Australian Open and moved up to the No. 1 spot on the world rankings list, ahead of compatriot Esther Vergeer, who did not compete. She also reached the final of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour events in Sydney and Melbourne.
The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 8 February to vote for which athlete they think had the best performance last month.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees and International Federations.
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