Each month, the United States Olympic Committee celebrates the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes through the Team USA Awards presented by Dow. The USOC announced today the five nominees in the female and male categories, and three nominees in the team category. Check out the list below to vote for your favorite performances from the month of October.
To cast your vote for the Best of October honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, visit TeamUSA.org/Awards. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Summer Cook (triathlon)
Earned three top-10 finishes, highlighted by winning the ETU Triathlon European Cup, where she finished a minute ahead of the rest of the field and posting the day’s fastest swim and run splits. Click here to vote for Cook.
Nicole Fawcett (volleyball)
Named most valuable player, she scored 51 points and converted 42.2 percent of her attacks to lead the U.S. to its third consecutive NORCECA Continental Championship. Click here to vote for Fawcett.
Rachael Morrison (Paralympic track and field)
Captured gold and set a world record in the discus F52, in addition to winning silver in the club throw F51, in her world championship debut. Click here to vote for Morrison.
Mikaela Shiffrin (alpine skiing)
Earned her fifth career world cup giant slalom podium with a second-place finish at the season’s opening FIS Ski World Cup in Soelden, Austria. Click here to vote for Shiffrin.
Mariel Zagunis (fencing)
Defeated 2012 Olympic champion Jiyeon Kim to win her first gold medal of the season at the FIE World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela. Click here to vote for Zagunis.
Max Aaron (figure skating)
Set personal bests in every segment of competition en route to his first grand prix series title, earning a combined score of 258.95 – 18 points higher than his international record. Click here to vote for Aaron.
Richard Browne (Paralympic track and field)
Captured two golds and broke two world records at the IPC Athletics World Championships, winning the men’s T44 100- and 200-meter, besting his own 200 world record by more than half a second. Click here to vote for Browne.
Taylor Fritz (tennis)
Improved his professional rank 462 spots and posted a 10-0 singles record en route to a pair of Pro Circuit Challenge titles that make him the ninth player with multiple challenger titles under age 18. Click here to vote for Fritz.
Vincent Hancock (shooting)
Shot 15 of 16 targets in the final to earn the silver medal in men’s skeet shooting at the ISSF World Cup Final Shotgun in Nicosia, Cyprus. Click here to vote for Hancock.
Ted Ligety (alpine skiing)
Became the second winningest world cup giant slalom skier with his 24th career victory – and fourth in a row in Soelden, Austria – in the opening FIS Ski World Cup this year. Click here to vote for Ligety.
U.S. Men's Saber Team (fencing)
Won a world cup title for the first time since 2004 at the FIE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, defeating teams from Russia, Germany and France. Click here to vote for the U.S. Men's Saber Team.
U.S. Women's World Team (gymnastics)
Made U.S. gymnastics history by winning its fifth all-time world and third consecutive team title at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Click here to vote for the U.S. Women's World Team.
U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team (wheelchair rugby)
Climbed to No. 2 in the world after defeating No. 1 ranked Australia, 57-54, to claim the silver medal in the 2015 BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. Click here to vote for the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.