COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during May earned Para-cyclist Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut), mountain biker Kate Courtney (San Francisco, California) and the beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Santa Clara, California) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, California) Best of May honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Boyle, 2016 Paralympic silver medalist in the MT2 time trial, claimed a gold medal in the MT2 road race and a silver in the MT2 time trial at the world cup in Corridonia, Italy, the first UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event of the season. A week later at the world cup in Ostend, Belgium, he raced to double gold in the MT2 road race and time trial.
Courtney, the 2018 UCI mountain bike world champion, won three world cup gold medals in May. She earned victory in both the short-track and cross-country races at the first world cup in Albstadt, Germany, followed by a win in cross-country the next week at the world cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Walsh Jennings and Sweat took gold at the FIVB World Tour four-star event in Jinjiang, China. It was Walsh Jennings’ first world tour gold medal since 2016, and at age 40, she also became the oldest women’s player to win a world tour event. It was Sweat’s first-ever world tour medal. The victory earned Walsh Jennings and Sweat 800 FIVB points and a top-15 world ranking, as Walsh Jennings strives to reach her sixth career Olympic Games.
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 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.