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ARMSTRONG VOTED 2004 USOC SPORTSMAN OF THE YEARFive-Time Tour de France Winner Becomes First Athlete Selected FourTimes COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (March 18, 2004) - - CyclistLance Armstrong, figure skater Michelle Kwan and the U.S. Women’s GymnasticsTeam have been voted the 2003 United States Olympic Committee SportsMan,SportsWoman and Team of the Year, respectively.For the second consecutive year the top awards go to athletes from thesports of cycling and figure skating. In 2002, Armstrong and Sarah Hughes(Great Neck, N.Y.) received the trophies. Last year’s team title went tothe women’s

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ARMSTRONG VOTED 2004 USOC SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Five-Time Tour de France Winner Becomes First Athlete Selected FourTimes COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (March 18, 2004) – – CyclistLance Armstrong, figure skater Michelle Kwan and the U.S. Women’s GymnasticsTeam have been voted the 2003 United States Olympic Committee SportsMan,SportsWoman and Team of the Year, respectively.For the second consecutive year the top awards go to athletes from thesports of cycling and figure skating. In 2002, Armstrong and Sarah Hughes(Great Neck, N.Y.) received the trophies. Last year’s team title went tothe women’s boblsed duo of Jill Bakken (Park City, Utah) and Vonetta Flowers(Hoover, Ala.).Armstrong (Austin, Texas), who was also honored by the USOC as its 1999,2001, and 2002 SportsMan of the Year, becomes the first athlete to be selectedfour times for the award. The cyclist won a record-tying fifth consecutiveTour de France in 2003.Kwan (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) is the most decorated figure skater inU.S. history. Her accomplishments in 2003 included a first-place finishat the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships (her sixth consecutiveand seventh overall National title), first at the World Figure SkatingChampionships (her fifth World title), first at the ABC Sports InternationalChallenge, second at the Campbell’s Classic, and first at the InternationalFigure Skating Challenge.The U.S. Women’s National Team enjoyed an undefeated season in 2003,overcoming substantial odds at times to win gold at every opportunity.At the Pacific Challenge, a split U.S. National Team finished 1-2 againstnational squads from Canada and Australia, and U.S. athletes also capturedplaces 1-12 and 14 in the all-around standings. The Pan American GamesTeam won team gold, gold and silver in the all-around, plus gold and bronzeon bars, beam and floor, and silver on vault for a total of 10 medals.The highlight of the year came at the World Championships, where a highly-regardedU.S. team lost four world medalists to injury or illness in the days leadingup to the competition, yet relying on the depth of the program and skillsof three 15-year-olds, pulled out an historic first-ever World Championshipsteam gold medal by nearly two points. Additionally, squad members finishedwith a silver medal in the all-around and enjoyed a two-way U.S. tie forgold on the uneven bars.Team members were Courtney Kupets (Gaithersburg, Md.), Tasha Schwikert(Las Vegas, Nev.), Hollie Vise (Dallas, Texas), Ashley Postell (Cheverly,Md.), Annia Hatch (West Haven, Conn.), Terin Humphrey (Bates City, Mo.),Chellsie Memmel (West Allis, Wis.), Carly Patterson (Baton Rouge, La.),Nastia Liukin (Plano, Texas), Allyse Ishino (Santa Ana, Calif.), MarciaNewby (Virginia Beach, Va.), Courtney McCool (Kansas City, Mo.), Tia Orlando(Souderton, Pa.), Tabitha Yim (Irvine, Calif.), Liz Tricase (Itasca, Ill.),and Nicole Harris (Allentown, Pa.).In a very close vote, swimmer Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) was runner-upin the SportsMan of the Year voting. Other top finishers were gymnast PaulHamm (Waukesha, Wis.), skier Bode Miller (Franconia, N.H.) and speedskaterApolo Anton Ohno (Seattle, Wash.).Tennis player Serena Williams (Palm Springs Gardens, Fla.), speedskaterJennifer Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.), gymnast Chellsie Memmel (West Allis,Wis.) and hockey’s Angela Ruggiero (Harper Woods, Mich.) followed Kwanin the SportsWoman of the Year balloting.Joining the gymnasts as top vote-getters in the Team of the Year categorywere USA Softball’s Women’s National Team (Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo,Calif.), Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Nicole Giordano (Saugus,Calif.), Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.), Amanda Freed (Cypress,Calif.), Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas), Nina Linden-berg (Anaheim Hills,Calif.), Tairia Mims (Tucson, Ariz.), Keira Goerl, (Moreno Valley, Calif.),Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.), Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, Calif.),Lori Harrigan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), Jennie Finch(La Mirada, Calif.), Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.), Jenny Topping (Whittier,Calif.), Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.), Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs,Calif.)); USA Volleyball’s beach duo of Misty May (Costa Mesa, Calif.)and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.); the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team (RobinBeauregard (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Gabbie Domanic (Santa Ana, Calif.),Ellen Estes (Novato, Calif.), Jackie Frank (Long Beach, Calif.), NatalieGolda (La Habra, Calif.), Erika Lorenz (San Diego, Calif.), Heather Moody(Green River, Wyo.), Thalia Munro (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Nicolle Payne(Cerritos, Calif.), Heather Petri (Orinda, Calif.), Amber Stachowski (RanchoSanta Margarita, Calif.), Brenda Villa (Commerce, Calif.), Margie Dingeldein(Merced, Calif.)); women’s wrestling U.S. World Cup Team (Patricia Miranda(Saratoga, Calif.), Jenny Wong (Woodbury, Minn.), Tina George (ClevelandHeights, Ohio), Sally Roberts (Federal Way, Wash.), Sara McMann (ColoradoSprings, Colo.), Kristie Marano (Albany, N.Y.), Toccara Montgomery (Cleveland,Ohio)); and the USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team(Seimone Augustus (Baton Rouge, La.), Alana Beard (Shreveport, La.), TemekaJohnson (Kenner, La.), Kristen Mann (Santa Ana, Calif.), Caity Matter (Bluffton,Ohio), Nicole Ohlde (Clay Center, Kan.), Shawntinice Polk (Hanford, Calif.),Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, Ill.), Christi Thomas (Buford, Ga.), KendraWecker (Marysville, Kan.), Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson, Minn.), TanishaWright (West Mifflin, Pa.)).The USOC SportsMan and SportsWoman of the Year awards have been presentedannually since 1974 to the top overall male and female athlete from withinthe USOC member organizations. The team award was added in 1996. Votersfor the awards include national media, the USOC Board of Directors andthe USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council. Winners are selected from the individualfemale and male Athlete of the Year and Team of the Year nominations ofthe National Governing Bodies for the Olympic, Pan American, Affiliatedand Disabled Sports Organizations within the U.S. Olympic Movement.All-time USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of theYear honorees include:SportsMan of the Year
1974 – Jim Bolding, Athletics
1975 – Clinton Jackson, Boxing
1976 – John Naber, Swimming
1977 – Eric Heiden, Speedskating
1978 – Bruce Davidson, Equestrian
1979 – Eric Heiden, Speedskating
1980 – Eric Heiden, Speedskating
1981 – Scott Hamilton, Figure Skating
1982 – Greg Louganis, Diving
1983 – Rick McKinney, Archery
1984 – Edwin Moses, Athletics
1985 – Willie Banks, Athletics
1986 – Matt Biondi, Swimming
1987 – Greg Louganis, Diving
1988 – Matt Biondi, Swimming
1989 – Roger Kingdom, Athletics
1990 – John Smith, Wrestling
1991 – Carl Lewis, Athletics
1992 – Pablo Morales, Swimming
1993 – Michael Johnson, Athletics
1994 – Dan Jansen, Speedskating
1995 – Michael Johnson, Athletics
1996 – Michael Johnson Athletics
1997 – Pete Sampras, Tennis
1998 – Jonny Moseley, Skiing
1999 – Lance Armstrong, Cycling
2000 – Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
2001 – Lance Armstrong, Cycling
2002 – Lance Armstrong, Cycling
2003 – Lance Armstrong, CyclingSportsWoman of the Year
1974 – Shirley Babashoff, Swimming
1975 – Kathy Heddy, Swimming
1976 – Sheila Young, Speedskating
1977 – Linda Fratianne, Figure Skating
1978 — Tracy Caulkins, Swimming
1979 – Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead, Swimming
1980 – Beth Heiden, Speedskating
1981 – Sheila Young Ochowicz, Cycling/Speedskating
1982 – Melanie Smith, Equestrian
1983 – Tamara McKinney, Skiing
1984 – Tracy Caulkins, Swimming
1985 – Mary Decker Slaney, Athletics
1986 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Athletics
1987 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Athletics
1988 – Florence Griffith Joyner, Athletics
1989 – Janet Evans, Swimming
1990 – Lynn Jennings, Athletics
1991 – Kim Zmeskal, Gymnastics
1992 – Bonnie Blair, Speedskating
1993 – Gail Devers, Athletics
1994 – Bonnie Blair, Speedskating
1995 – Picabo Street, Skiing
1996 – Amy Van Dyken, Swimming
1997 – Tara Lipinski, Figure Skating
1998 – Picabo Street, Skiing
1999 – Jenny Thompson, Swimming
2000 – Marion Jones, Athletics
2001 – Jennifer Capriati, Tennis
2002 – Sarah Hughes, Figure Skating
2003 – Michelle Kwan, Figure SkatingTeam of the Year
1996 – Women’s National/Olympic Basketball Team
1997 – Women’s National Soccer Team
1998 – Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team
1999 – Women’s National Soccer Team
2000 – USA Baseball Olympic Team
2001 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
2002 – Women’s Bobsled Team
2003 – Women’s Gymnastics Team