Vote online for Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis for AAU Sullivan Award as nation’s top amateur athlete

By USA Wrestling | March 14, 2018, 8:25 a.m. (ET)
Photos of World champions Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

2017 World Wrestling champions Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis have been named as semifinalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award.

The AAU Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Representatives from the AAU created the Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize contributions and achievements across the country of amateur athletes.

Fans can vote for Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis starting today (Wednesday, March 14) at 9:00 a.m. and will stay open through Tuesday, March 20.
This online voting will help determine if these wrestlers become Sullivan Award finalists.

Click here to vote for Kyle Snyder

Click here to vote for Helen Maroulis

Kyle Snyder’s Qualifications
• 2017 World champion at 97 kg in men's freestyle wrestling
• Won what was dubbed within wrestling the “Match of the Century,” defeating Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia in the World finals.
• His win gave the USA the World Team title over Russia by one team point, the first World Team title in freestyle wrestling for the USA in 22 years.
• It was the third straight World or Olympic gold medal for Snyder, who was a 2015 World champion and 2016 Olympic champion.
• Snyder won the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia, the first U.S. men’s winner in that prestigious event since 2009.
• He also won gold medals at the Pan American Championships and the Grand Prix of Spain.
• Domestically, Snyder won both the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. World Team Trials.
• As a junior at Ohio State, Snyder won his second NCAA Div. I title at heavyweight, making him a three-time NCAA finalist.
• Snyder was the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, then come back and win the NCAA Div. I Championships afterwards
• Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year
• Dan Hodge Trophy finalist (collegiate wrestling's Heisman)
• U.S. Male Olympic Athlete of the Year

Helen Maroulis’ Qualifications:
• Maroulis won her third straight World or Olympic title by claiming the women’s 58 kg. gold medal at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France
• Maroulis dominated all five of her matches at the World Championships by technical fall and outscoring her opponents by a combined 52-0 mark. Many consider her performance the most impressive, regardless of gender or wrestling discipline.
• Maroulis won a gold medal at the Poland Open, a major international tune-up event for the World Championships.
• She won the U.S. World Team Trials in Las Vegas in April to qualify for the U.S. World Team at a new weight class, 58 kg.
• Maroulis won her match at the Beat the Streets Gala event in Times Square, beating an opponent from Japan
• She also won a bronze medal at the Outstanding Ukrainian Open.

Ways you can help Kyle and Helen win this award

* Please remember: You can vote once every 24 hours online.

* Tweets/retweets also are counted towards their total.
- For Kyle Snyder, tweets/retweets using #KSnyder4Sullivan will also count toward the final vote. Do not forget the K at the beginning, as we have another Snyder in the running this year
- For Helen Maroulis, tweets/retweets using #Maroulis4Sullivan will also count toward the final vote.

After a first round of online voting, finalists will be announced and proceed to a second round of voting. The finalists will be honored at New York Athletic Club on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 in New York City, when the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award will be announced.

Only three wrestlers have ever won the James E. Sullivan Award, Olympic champions John Smith (1990), Bruce Baumgartner (1995) and Rulon Gardner (2000).

The other Sullivan Award semifinalists this year include Annika Albrecht, Rhamat Alhassan, Marvin Bagley III, Saquon Barkley, Joel Berry II, Christian Coleman (track and field), Caeleb Dressel, Erin Finn, Sara Hughes, Kelly Hunter, Megan Johnson, Micah Kiser, Bryce Love, Baker Mayfield, Chris Mazdzer, Elana Meyers Taylor, Annie Peavy, Kathryn Plummer, Maia & Alex Shibutani, John Shuster, Carli Snyder, Maggie Steffens, Gabby Williams, A’ja Wilson, Trae Young and Katie Zafares.

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