March 02, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (ET)

 

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 February.

To cast your vote for the Best of February honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, visit TeamUSA.org/Awards. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, March 6.

Female:

Heather Bergsma, Long Track Speedskating
Won four world championship medals, becoming the first skater to claim world titles in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500, and only the second U.S. woman to medal at five world sprint championships. Click here to vote for Bergsma.

Susan Dunklee, Biathlon
Qualified for her second Olympics and became the first U.S. woman to win an individual world championship medal in biathlon, taking silver after a perfect performance in shooting. Click here to vote for Dunklee.

Brenna Huckaby, Para Snowboarding
After taking last season off, returned to win two world titles in snowboardcross, dethroning the reigning world champion in banked slalom at the World Para Snowboard Championships. Click here to vote for Huckaby.

Oksana Masters, Para Nordic Skiing
Became the first American woman to win a world title at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, earning five medals, including an unprecedented four golds.Click here to vote for Masters.

Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
Became the first female skier in 78 years to win three straight world slalom titles and the first American woman to own three world championship gold medals. Click here to vote for Shiffrin.


Male:

Lowell Bailey, Biathlon
Became the first-ever American to win a world championship title in biathlon and the first to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team at the IBU World Championships. Click here to vote for Bailey.

Nathan Chen, Figure Skating
Won his first international title at the Four Continents Championships, becoming the first man to land five quadruple jumps in a single performance in ISU history. Click here to vote for Chen.

Joey Mantia, Long Track Speedskating
Won his first-ever ISU World Single Distance Championships gold medal in men’s mass start, marking Team USA’s first world title in the new Olympic event. Click here to vote for Mantia.

Mike Minor, Para Snowboarding
In his world championship debut, captured gold in snowboardcross and silver in banked slalom at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships. Click here to vote for Minor.

McLain Ward, Equestrian
Defended his title in the Grand Prix CSI5* Wellington, breaking a 12-way tie in the jump-off, and helped the U.S. earn the silver medal at the FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* Ocala. Click here to vote for Ward.


Team:

Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones, Bobsled
Led Team USA’s first-ever world championship double podium in women’s bobsled, winning gold with a track-start record of 5.12 seconds in Konigssee, Germany. Click here to vote for Meyers Taylor and Jones.

Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, Luge
Claimed the silver medal in the final doubles race of the 2016-17 FIL World Cup season, earning crucial points to finish third in the overall world cup rankings. Click here to vote for Mortensen and Terdiman.

U.S. Women’s Sevens Team, Rugby
Topped four of six opponents and placed second in its third-ever HSBC World Rugby Women’s Seven Series Cup Final, led by standout performances from Naya Tapper and Alev Kelter. Click here to vote for the U.S. Women's Sevens Team.


In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods.