COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Notable performances during November earned Paralympic snowboarder Mike Minor, fencer Anna van Brummen and the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team Best of November honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
In only his second international season, Minor struck back-to-back banked slalom gold medals at the opening International Paralympic Committee Snowboard World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Minor edged the reigning world champion by less than a second on both competition days in the men’s upper-limb impairment class to position himself at the top of the world rankings.
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Beginning the event ranked No. 187 in the world, van Brummen won the women's epee title at the International Fencing Federation World Cup in Suzhou, China. The Houston native upset two top-10 fencers on the way to her first individual world cup medal at the senior level. Facing a critical test in the round of 16, she edged world No. 3 Sarra Besbes of Tunisia,15-14, before defeating world No. 10 Shin A-Lam of Korea by the same margin in the quarterfinals. Her previous best senior world cup result was 28th in 2014.
The U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey Team defeated Canada, 5-3, to defend its Four Nations Cup title in Jarvenpaa, Finland. The U.S. opened the tournament with a pair of shutouts over Sweden (6-0) and Finland (4-0), and finished with a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) mark. Team USA outscored its opponents 17-6 on the way to capturing the title for the seventh time (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12, 2015-16). The U.S. now has an overall record of 46-6-5-24-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 83 career games at the Four Nations Cup.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.
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