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Johana Viveros Mondragon
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Ya Wen Lin
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Andrés Acuña Araya
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Baseball - Softball
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Aafke van Leeuwen
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The names of the candidates for The Athlete of the Year will be published on 5th January, 2023 12:00 GMT.
Voting begins at 12:00 GMT on 10th January, 2023.
From 22nd January, 2023 at 12:00 GMT, only the 10 highest ranked candidates at that time will continue in the race. All candidates will re-start with 0 votes.
Voting ends on 31st January, 2023 at 12:00 GMT.
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Valeria Cardenas’ (COL) spectacular season started with a 3rd place at The World Games 2022, and ended when she helped catapult her club to the USA Championship for the first time. She also won gold with Revolution at the World Ultimate Club Championships and was named Ultiworld's 2022 Women's Club Player of the Year.Close
Monika Chochlíková (SVK) is one of the first athletes ever to compete in two sports at the same edition of The World Games. While her Kickboxing competition got a rough start, in Muaythai she was unbeatable. The former World Champion in Kickboxing and Muaythai claimed the gold medal in the Muaythai finals against the reigning World Champion Meriem El Moubarik.Close
The Speed Skater Johana Viveros Mondragon (COL) stood out clearly as the most successful athlete at The World Games 2022 with four gold medals and one silver medal in Speed Skating Track/Road. After just two editions of The World Games, Viveros Mondragon is already in 12th place on the list of all-time most successful athletes.Close
Ya Wen-Lin’s (TPE) attacking skills are a nightmare for many defenders, forcing the coaches of opponents to come up with special strategies to try to keep her from scoring. Nevertheless she scored an impressive total of 27 goals at The World Games. She was the top scorer of the tournament, with the runner-up following with ‘just’ 22 goals. Wen-Lin helped her team claim the bronze medal.Close
Miho Nonaka (JPN) won gold at The World Games 2022 in the women’s Boulder event, and podiumed three times during the IFSC World Cup Series 2022. She is a Tokyo 2020 silver medallist and is considered one of the most successful female athletes in the Boulder discipline, having won 23 World Cup medals between 2014 and 2022. Last year, in Salt Lake City, she won her first-ever World Cup medal in Speed, placing third. She is also a former national champion in Boulder, Speed, and Combined.Close
Nina Holt (GER) won four golds and one bronze at the The World Games 2022. In the ranking of multi-medalists, she took second place. Already in March, Holt had set a world record in the Rescue Medley. In September at the World Life Saving Championships in Italy the 19-year-old won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.Close
Max Poschart (GER) won the gold medal in 100 m Surface, 200 m Surface and 4x100 m Surface at The World Games 2022. He also won bronze in the 4x50 m Relay. Last season (2021/2022) he won all 12 World Cup races, and this year World Championship gold in 100 m Surface.Close
Victor Crouin (FRA) was the surprise winner of the Men’s Squash tournament at The World Games 2022. The 23-year-old said: “Winning the gold is a huge achievement for my country and myself and I am proud to have fought all the way until the end. So happy!” He is currently ranked 10th in the world after winning the Open de France de Squash 2022.Close
Ukrainian Sumo fighter Ivanna Berezovska won the Open weight category at The World Games 2022, and finished second in the Heavyweight category. The 31-year-old athlete improved her results from 2017, when she won one silver. Her silver in Birmingham came from an all-Ukrainian final against her team-mate Svitlana Yaromka, who won bronze in Open weight.Close
Kaden Brown (USA) won the spectacular Tumbling final at The World Games 2022, the only gymnast from the host nation to earn a gold in Gymnastics. In November he won two more medals at the World Championships: team all-around silver and Tumbling team bronze medal.Close
Brazilian Fistball striker Cecília Jacques (22) had a successful year: her team won bronze at The World Games, and she took home the long-awaited Fistball World Tour title as captain of her club team SOGIPA Porto Alegre. She is furthermore World Tour Champion, 2-times South American Champion, and 3-times Pan-American Champion.Close
Andrew Birkett (RSA) won Canoe Marathon, Standard distance when the sport made its debut at The World Games in 2022, despite health problems. After that, he won the same distance at the World Championships.Close
Andrés Acuña Araya (CRC) was the runner-up in the Racquetball World Championships 2021, but at The World Games 2022 in Birmingham he won gold in the Men’s Singles Final. 27-year-old Acuña Araya is the first medallist at The World Games from Costa Rica.Close
Andrew Teska (USA) has dedicated his life to Aikido and to bringing it to the next generation. He serves as Youth Working Group Ambassador for the USA and as a youth instructor. At The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, he was one of the athletes demonstrating the sport of Aikido.Close
Cinzia Noziglia (ITA) achieved a first-ever triple this year: she won gold at The World Games, at the World Archery 3D Championships and at the World Archery Field Championships. No one has ever been able to do this before.Close
Haylie McCleney was named the Most Valuable Player of The World Games 2022 Softball competition. The outfielder hit .553 with 4 runs and 5 RBI, as USA’s everyday leadoff hitter, when the USA won the tournament.Close
Simona Aebersold (SUI) won gold in all three orienteering competitions (Sprint, Middle, Relay) at The World Games 2022. Furthermore she has won 8 World Championships medals and 5 European Championships medals, and she is the reigning Middle Distance European champion. She finished second in the overall World Cup in 2022.Close
Kevin Haglund played his first TWG tournament in 2022. He was the top scorer of the team with six goals in five games. Sweden won their second TWG title when they beat Finland 6-5 in the final.Close
During The World Games 2022, Uzbekistan’s Darya Latisheva unleashed dazzling Wushu performances in Nandao and Nanquan that left spectators breathless and won her a long-dreamed-of silver medal. She epitomizes grit, perseverance and bravery, especially as she struggled to win a devastating battle with Covid-19 to proudly see the flag of Uzbekistan rise over The World Games podium. Darya’s dedication, intelligence, and sportsmanship are combined with a never-give-up attitude that has made her one of Asia’s most promising young champions of this decade.Close
Josh Byrne (CAN) helped lead Canada to the men’s World Games gold medal and a 5-0 record by leading the team in points. He was the top-scorer of the tournament with 21 goals and seven assists. He totalled nine points in Canada’s two knockout wins.Close
Bahram Rajabzadeh (AZE) is The World Games 2022 K1 champion, but also Azerbaijan champion, WAKO World champion, European champion, and Islamic Games 2022 champion. He competes in the Heavyweight category, and is well known for his spectacular hand strikes, incredible sense for combat, and his flying kicks.Close
Aafke van Leeuwen (NED), Bronze medallist in the Ju-jitsu Mixed Team event at The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, won her fourth World Championship gold medal in Ju-jitsu in November 2022 just before retiring from international competition. She won an individual Bronze at The World Games in Wroclaw in 2017.Close
B-Girl Ami (JPN) won the Breaking competition when the DanceSport discipline made its debut at The World Games. Later in 2022, Ami won gold at the World Championships. She is also current World number 1 breaker.Close