Thanks to YOUR votes, our CJ Cummings (69kg, Beaufort, SC, Team Savannah) was named the winner of the Best of Team USA June Awards! CJ has qualified for the Best of Team USA Annual Awards which will be given out later this year in Los Angeles. The Best of Team USA Awards will air December 24th at 1:30PM EST on NBC.
The announcement from the U.S. Olympic Committee is below.
U.S. Olympic Committee announces Best of June honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow Para track and field athlete Breanna Clark, weightlifter CJ Cummings and the U.S. Women’s Senior National Synchronized Swimming Team qualify for 2017 Best of the Year honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during June earned Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California), CJ Cummings (Beaufort, South Carolina) and the U.S. Women’s Senior National Synchronized Swimming Team Best of June honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today. Clark, Cummings and the U.S. women’s senior national team are among the qualified athletes and teams that are eligible for Best of the Year honors in 2017. Clark shaved more than a second off the women’s T20 400-meter world record at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. Clark, who was nearly five seconds ahead of her closest competitor in the mixed event, crossed the finish line in 56.71 en route to qualifying for her first U.S. world championship team.
Cummings won his fourth consecutive IWF World Championship as he defended his title at the junior world championships. Cummings previously won titles at the 2016 Junior World Championships, 2016 Youth World Championships and 2017 Youth World Championships, and will represent Team USA at the Pan American Championships in July.
The U.S. women’s senior national team won its first-ever world series team gold medal at the Synchro American Open in East Meadow, New York. The U.S. scored 166.2664 points in its first competition of the year, narrowly edging Canada in the two-session event. Despite only training together for a couple of months, the 11-member squad, led by 2016 U.S. Olympian Anita Alvarez, managed to claim the historic win on home soil. The Synchro America Open, which features solo, duet and team routines, is part of the inaugural FINA Synchronized Swimming World Series and the only international competition in the sport held in the United States. In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.
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. Each of the five monthly men's and women's finalists, and three team finalists automatically qualify for consideration for the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow Best of the Year. Visit TeamUSA.org for a complete list of monthly finalists from the 2016-17 qualification period. The 2017 Best of the Year Awards will be held in December.