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Oh, sorry. Best female athlete of the year–according to the Associated Press.
Still–good job. First individual soccer player to earn that honor and she beat out her nearest competitor–Hope Solo–by many many votes.
Still I was a little surprised that Yani Tseng didn’t get more consideration. She was the fourth-highest vote-getter. (Maya Moore was third.) But I don’t know what the criteria is. (The article failed to note that.) And if popularity or the creation of a national stir is on the list of considerations, well then it’s more understandable.
I guess voters figured that this was Wambach’s year–though she will–barring injury–be playing in the Olympics this summer–another potential stage for excitment and “heroics.” And I am sure Yani Tseng can win 12 tournaments again, 2 of which were majors (one–the LPGA Championship–which she won by 10 strokes) and 5 of which were LPGA events. And she did win the United States Sports Academy’s female athlete of the year award, after all. And was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year–which I think comes with some $$.
Wambach’s award engenders a certain amount of melancholy. The WPS is fighting to stay viable despite the post World Cup excitement. Wambach herself has been shuttled among teams; not because of trade deals but because of teams collapsing. And there is question about how many national team players will commit to a WPS team this year given the forthcoming Olympic Games–further endangering the league.
But lest I be seen as lacking in the appropriate amount of seasonal joy:
GOOD JOB, ABBY WAMBACH!