After countless impressive performances at world championships, world cups, grand prixs, world series, national championships and the Pan/Parapan American Games, the accomplishments of Team USA's top athletes from Fall 2014-Fall 2015 have culminated with the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year awards. Past winners of these prestigious awards include Carl Lewis, Bonnie Blair, Michael Phelps and Jessica Long. Their collective accomplishments tell the inspiring story of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout history. There are five nominees in each of the female and male Olympic and Paralympic categories, and three nominees each in the Olympic and Paralympic team categories. Check out the list below to meet the nominees in each category before voting for your favorites.
To cast your vote for the Best of the Year honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, visit TeamUSA.org/Awards. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 20.
Simone Biles (gymnastics)
Became the first woman to win 10 career world championship gold medals – and four golds at consecutive worlds – with an historic third straight all-around title in 2015. Improved her world championship medal haul to 14 overall, tied for third all time, and the most earned by a U.S. gymnast, male or female. Won her third consecutive U.S. all-around title (2013-15), becoming the first woman to accomplish the three-peat in 23 years. Has won every all-around competition she has entered since the 2013 P&G Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships. Click here to vote for Biles.
Adeline Gray (wrestling)
Won her third world title at 75 kg. to rank second among U.S. women in world championship gold (3) and overall (5) medals, while holding a No. 1 world ranking all season. Became the second American female wrestler to capture back-to-back world titles at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, defeating 2014 world medalist Zhou Qian of China by technical fall (13-2) in the women’s freestyle 75 kg. division. Went undefeated during the 2015 season, extending her winning streak to 25 matches, dating back to July 2014. Click here to vote for Gray.
Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon)
Won her second consecutive world title in 2015, becoming the first triathlete ever to complete an undefeated season and earn 12 straight ITU World Triathlon Series wins. Capped a record-breaking season in 2014 as the only woman in ITU World Triathlon Series history to win eight career series events and five in one season, posting the fastest run split of the field in every 2014 WTS event in which she competed. Click here to vote for Jorgensen.
Katie Ledecky (swimming)
First swimmer to win the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the same FINA World Championships, where she won five gold medals and posted three world records in 2015. Her total margin of victory in her four individual world championship events was nearly 30 seconds, including a 15-second win in the 1,500 and a 10-second win in the 400; and her splits in each of the 800 and 1,500 would have medaled in the shorter events. Click here to vote for Ledecky.
Serena Williams (tennis)
Became the second woman to win four straight Grand Slam titles twice, claiming her 21st Grand Slam singles victory and fifth WTA Finals title, ranking top-three all time in both. Her 21 Grand Slam titles rank as the second-most in the Open Era and third-most all-time. Completed her second straight career sweep of the U.S. Open (2014), Australian Open (2015), French Open (2015) and Wimbledon (2015), improving her record to 21-4 in major finals. Won the WTA Finals to finish the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in the world for the fourth time (2002, 2009, 2013). Click here to vote for Williams.
Hailey Danisewicz (triathlon)
Won her first three international triathlons of the year as she took gold at the ITU World Paratriathlon events in Queensland, Australia, and Rio, and won gold at the CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships. Finished second at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final as Team USA swept the PT2 podium. Became the first U.S. triathlete ever to qualify for the Paralympic Games as paratriathlon makes its debut in Rio next year. Click here to vote for Danisewicz.
Oksana Masters (Nordic skiing, cycling)
Won three world championship medals – two in Nordic skiing and one in cycling – and also won the overall cross-country skiing world cup title with seven gold medals. Won her first international medal in biathlon after finishing second in the women’s 6-kilometer sitting sprint at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup in Finland. Ended the season as the No.1 ranked cross-country sit-skier and No. 6 in the biathlon. In cycling, she won her first world championship medal as she took third in the H5 road race. She also won two bronze medals at the UCI Para-cycling World Cup in Italy. Click here to vote for Masters.
Tatyana McFadden (track and field)
Remained undefeated to capture her third straight marathon grand slam, while also winning her first marathon world title and setting three T54 world records. Her marathon victory in London gave her the first IPC Marathon World Championships title of her career and came less than a week after her victory in Boston. Qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with a victory in the Chicago Marathon. Click here to vote for McFadden.
Becca Meyers (swimming)
Broke three world records and won three medals at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow: gold in the S13 200-meter individual medley, gold in the 400 freestyle and silver in the 100 butterfly. Won five events at the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Owns the 2015 world-leading mark in five events. Click here to vote for Meyers.
Jamie Whitmore (cycling)
Swept the road world championships in the C3 class, winning gold in both the time trial and road race. Won gold in all but one world cup race of the season, amassing nine gold medals and one silver medal to win the overall world cup title. Won gold in the C3 time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, and won silver in the pursuit and scratch race. Click here to vote for Whitmore.
Jordan Burroughs (wrestling)
Went undefeated to claim his third world championship title at 74 kg., becoming the third-most winningest wrestler in U.S. history and improving his record to 114-2. Became one of only three U.S. wrestlers to win four combined world or Olympic gold medals, joining Bruce Baumgartner and John Smith, who own five and six apiece. Also went undefeated to defend his gold medals at both the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 World Cup, improving his career record to 6-0 and 19-0 in Pan Am and world cup appearances. Click here to vote for Burroughs.
Ashton Eaton (track and field)
Improved his decathlon world record (9,045) and broke the 400-meter world decathlon record to win gold at the 2015 World Championships by over 300 points. Set a world championship decathlon record of 10.23 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, and broke a 40-year-old world decathlon record with a time of 45.00 in the 400. Is the current world record holder, two-time reigning world champion and Olympic champion in men’s decathlon. Click here to vote for Eaton.
Vincent Hancock (shooting)
Became the third male to win three world championship titles in skeet shooting, and the first to post a perfect world-record score of 157 straight targets. This marks the first time a shooter has accomplished the feat since new skeet rules were implemented after the London 2012 Olympic Games. Also earned two world cup victories and finished second at the World Cup Finals to qualify for his third Olympic Games. Click here to vote for Hancock.
Ted Ligety (alpine skiing)
Became the second-most decorated U.S. skier in world championship history with seven medals, winning his third straight giant slalom gold medal and bronze in the combined. Finished third in the final 2014-15 FIS World Cup giant slalom standings (462 points) and 11th overall (560 points). Claimed three podium finishes during the 2014-15 World Cup season, highlighted by a gold medal in giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Click here to vote for Ligety.
Auston Matthews (ice hockey)
Led Team USA to the 2015 IIHF U-18 World Championship gold medal as the tournament’s best forward and set NTDP single-season records for goals (55) and points (117). Led the world championship tournament in points (15), tied for the event-high in goals (8), finished tied for second in plus/minus (+11) and tied for fourth in assists (7). Named USA Hockey’s Bob Johnson Award recipient after completing his NTDP career with 79 goals and 88 assists for 167 points in 104 games. His career totals rank in the top-five all-time in the NTDP. Click here to vote for Matthews.
Joe Berenyi (cycling)
Won two world titles at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit and the time trial race then took second in the scratch race. Won four medals at the Parapan American Games, including two golds on the track in the pursuit and time trial and one gold in the road race. He also won silver in the road cycling time trial at Parapan Ams. Won titles in the time trial and road race in the men’s C3 class at the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Road Cycling Nationals. Click here to vote for Berenyi.
Declan Farmer (sled hockey)
Led Team USA in season scoring, recording the game-winning goal at the 2015 World Championship and tying the U.S. record with six goals in a world championship tournament. Set the Team USA record for most assists (six) and points (nine) in a World Sled Hockey Challenge. In the 2014-15 season, he played in 13 games for Team USA, leading the team in scoring with 10 goals, and leading the team in points (10-11--21). Click here to vote for Farmer.
Mike Shea (snowboarding)
Won the world title in the LL2 banked slalom at the IPC Snowboard World Championships. Won three gold medals at world cup events with wins in banked slalom and snowboardcross head-to-head. Ended the season as the No. 1 ranked snowboarder in the world for both banked slalom and snowboardcross. Click here to vote for Shea.
Andy Soule (Nordic skiing)
Made history by winning the most medals by a U.S. athlete at an IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, winning three silver and two bronze medals in 2015. Swept every event he entered at the IPC World Cup in Japan with four cross-country wins. Won five world cup medals to win the overall cross-country world cup title. Ended the season as the No. 1-ranked cross-country sit-skier and No. 4 in biathlon. Click here to vote for Soule.
Roderick Townsend (track and field)
Won four world championship medals in his first year of Paralympic competition, winning gold in the high jump and twice setting world records in his signature event. After competing in Paralympic sport for only six months, he set an American record and two world records in the high jump as well as American records in the long jump and triple jump. Won two gold medals at the 2015 Parapan American Games in the high jump and long jump, breaking his own world record twice in the men’s high jump. Click here to vote for Townsend.
Olympic Team, presented by Dow:
Women's USA-1 (bobsled)
Became the first U.S. women’s bobsled team to win a world championship title, while pilot Elana Meyers Taylor won six gold medals to claim the 2014-15 world cup title. Set start (5.42 seconds) and track (56.28 seconds) records to lead the U.S. women to their third world cup podium sweep in history at the FIBT World Cup in Lake Placid, New York. Click here to vote for the Women's USA-1 Bobsled Team.
U.S. Women's World Cup Team (soccer)
Became the first nation to win three FIFA Women’s World Cup titles, setting records for most goals scored in a World Cup Final (5) and in Women’s World Cup history (112). Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo were awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Glove as the best player and best goalkeeper of the tournament. It was the second straight Golden Glove award for Solo (2011) and Lloyd became the second American to win the Golden Ball award, joining Carin Jennings (1991). Click here to vote for the U.S. Women's World Cup Team.
U.S. Women's Senior National Team (water polo)
Became the first women’s water polo team to hold all four major titles, winning an unprecedented fourth FINA World Championship and ninth FINA World League Super Final. Finished the season with a 28-1 overall record. Defeated the Netherlands, 5-4, to win the 2015 FINA World Championship, marking the team’s fourth in program history. Attacker Rachel Fattal was named tournament MVP and Ashleigh Johnson was named top goalkeeper and MVP of the gold-medal game. Went 5-0 to win its fourth straight gold medal at the Pan American Games, defeating host-nation Canada, 13-4, in the final and outscored opponents 102-16 overall. Click here to vote for the U.S. Women's Senior National Team.
Paralympic Team, presented by Dow:
U.S. W1 Men's Team (archery)
The team of Jeff Fabry, Jerry Shields and Chuck Lear won Team USA’s first gold medal in the men’s W1 team event in a shoot-off at the 2015 World Archery Para Championships. Won the gold medal in 2015 after taking silver at the 2011 World Championships and just missing the podium in 2013.Click here to vote for the U.S. W1 Men's Archery Team.
U.S. National Team (sled hockey)
Defeated Canada, 3-0, to win the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York. The U.S. outscored its five opponents by a combined 29-1. Won the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge, defeating Russia, 2-1, in overtime. Went undefeated during the 2014-15 season after outscoring opponents by a combined 59-6 and earning eight shutouts in 13 games. Click here to vote for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
U.S. Women's National Team (wheelchair basketball)
Went undefeated to win the gold medal at the Parapan American Games, winning by an average of 55 points per game and defeating the reigning world champions to claim a spot at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.Click here to vote for the U.S. Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.