COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced that standout performances from figure skater Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, Utah), long track speedskater Joey Mantia (Ocala, Florida), alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) and the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball World Super 6 team earned Best of November honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow. For the first time since January 2009, two athletes tied for a Best of the Month award, with Chen and Mantia both earning November accolades.
Marking his eighth consecutive win dating back to the 2018 world championships, Chen captured gold at the Internationaux de France in Grenoble, qualifying for his fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final. The two-time world champion earned 297.16 total points, topping the field by over 30 points. Chen landed six total quadruple jumps between his short program and free skate.
Mantia notched the gold medal at the second world cup stop of the season, coming from behind to earn the top spot. Ranked 12th of 16 skaters after the first 16 laps, Mantia slowly advanced after each lap, going from eighth to third place with two laps to go, passing Netherlands’ top athletes and crossing the line first in 7 minutes, 45.1 seconds.
Shiffrin earned her 41st slalom skiing world cup victory at the season opener in Levi, Finland, to break a 33-year-old record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark for most world cup wins in the event. She also become the first skier to win four world cup races in Levi, breaking a tie with German Maria Hofl-Riesch and Austrian Marcel Hirscher.
The U.S. sitting volleyball team capped off an undefeated season by clinching the World Paravolley World Super 6 title, winning gold and defeating reigning world champions Russia in three straight sets (25-12, 25-18, 25-22). The team did not lose a set throughout the tournament, keeping a clean sheet of 7-0 to cement a No. 1 world ranking.
About the Team USA Awards
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% of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.