Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn and tennis player Rafael Nadal won this year’s individual Laureus Sports Awards, with Spain’s World Cup winners taking the team prize.
Vonn, winner of the women’s downhill at the Vancouver Games and a third consecutive overall World Cup title, took the sportswoman’s award. High jumper Blanka Vlasic and tennis players Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki were among the other nominees.
The No. 1-ranked Nadal – winner of three Grand Slam tennis titles in 2010 – was named sportsman of the year, beating nominees including Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Barcelona footballers Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
Sports stars and celebrities attending the Laureus World Sports Awards found Yas Island