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The Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the game and we need your help deciding the 2014 winners!
Read on to learn more about this year’s finalists or scroll to the bottom to place your vote.  Voting runs from August 25, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. EST on September 8, 2014. Don't miss your chance to let your voice be heard!

Winners will be announced at the 35th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala on October 15, 2014, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Tables and Tickets for the most exciting night in women's sports available here. 

Athletes were considered for the 2014 Sportswoman of the Year Award based on their athletic achievements between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014. The winners are determined by the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee and the public. Please note only one vote per email address permitted. Read full bios of the 2014 Team  Sportswoman of the Year finalists here. 



Sun Valley Ice Show

Davis and White: grace on and off the ice

The excitement in and around the Sun Valley ice rinks was palpable this weekend because reigning Olympic Gold Medals ice dance pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White were, as they say, in the house. But before performing two graceful, moving and perfect programs at Saturday night’s Sun Valley On Ice, the champions showed grace of another sort.

Sophie Hansen, 12, from Salt Lake City was treated first-hand to this grace. Currently on a wait list for a liver transplant, she and her family planned an end-of-summer special vacation to Sun Valley so Sophie could see the superstars perform. When representatives from The Primary Children’s Hospital of Salt Lake City reached out to let Sun Valley know Sophie was coming, Jennifer Uhrig, director of the Sun Valley Recreation Department, quickly set the wheels in motion. Hansen is a huge fan of skating and especially of White and Davis.

“We received a message from Primary Children’s Hospital that Sophie and her family had tickets to attend the ice show Saturday night and asked if there was any way for her to meet her idols,” said Uhrig. “Immediately, we wanted to make sure this would happen. Rink manager Scott Irvine suggested she attend the rehearsal Saturday and we planned on her being backstage during that time. We knew she would be able to get photos and autographs but we had no idea that it would turn out the way it did. Meryl and Charlie were so gracious and wonderful.”

The meet and greet turned into much more when Sophie was asked to lace up her skates and take to the ice with the gold medalists and Dancing With the Stars celebs. Sophie, who is a figure skater (and trains at the same rink as Sun Valley On Ice’s “Jumpin’ Joe” Sabovcik) was lifted overhead by Charlie and skated like a champion with all the pros. Charlie also presented her with a Sun Valley goody bag filled with swag. That night at the show, Sophie proudly wore her new Sun Valley sweatshirt and settled onto a new blanket laid on the bleachers. And Sophie and her family, as well as the rest of the huge crowd, were treated to a flawless, breathtaking performance that no one will forget.

“Sophie’s family said that she had an amazing time in Sun Valley,” said Primary Children’s Hospital spokesperson Sandra Orton. “Her mother said she couldn’t stop smiling and that the experience made her entire year.”
One more golden performance featuring Evan Lysacek is scheduled next weekend for the final Sun Valley On Ice of the season on Saturday night, August 30. The 2010 Olympic gold medalist, Evan holds ten major titles in the sport and is one of the most magnetic, athletic and graceful skaters ever to take to the ice. Evan has strong ties to Sun Valley and his shows beneath the stars are a hot ticket. You can still get yours today by clicking HERE.
Special thanks to Meryl Davis and Charlie White for sharing their special magic with the audience Saturday night and a very special audience of one on Saturday afternoon.

NASCAR: Pure Michigan 400

Meryl Davis, Charlie White talk Austin Dillon, skating future
Olympic ice dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White served as grand marshals, starting engines for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Of the pair, Davis appears to be more likely to become a NASCAR driver.
"I've had long, stern lectures from my dad about slowing down my driving actually," Davis said. "He's going to be keeping his eye on me while we're here."

White recalled enjoying the feeling of speed while on the Autobahn in Munich en route to the Sochi Games, but he's not sure he's ready to follow fellow Olympic gold medalist, swimmer Tyler Clary, and experience the speed himself behind the wheel of a car.

"It's fun for us to go fast," White said. "Obviously, we're used to a little bit on the ice, but there's an aspect of it that seems dangerous unless you're used to it. As to racing, I'm not sure I'm there yet. Maybe I'll see these guys go around the track a few times and I'll be like, 'I want to do that.' But we'll have to wait and see."

When the skaters were asked to recall their worst crash, Davis said, "On the ice, one time, unfortunately Charlie broke my fall with his head so that was probably the worst we had, and we made a quick trip to the hospital for that one."

"That was kind of a rough one," White said. "It's kind of similar in figure skating as it is in NASCAR events. As I've seen, it's incredibly dangerous, but everyone is so professional and takes precautions that we're fortunate that rarely accidents happen."

The duo met NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon and said that they shared similar experiences in preparation and the intensity of competition. Davis referred to that intensity when explaining why he and his partner are taking a year off from competition.

"Coming off of the 2010 Olympics with a silver medal was great for our confidence and obviously a step in the right direction towards a gold medal, but then for the next four years, your expectation and really your only goal is to win a gold medal at the coming Olympics which is hard for your brain to handle, day in and day out," White said. "So having achieved that, we're looking forward to taking it easy for a little while, coming out and enjoying things like this and sort of just seeing how we feel in terms of getting back into the sport."

Following a stint on "Dancing with the Stars," won by Davis, she said that they are looking forward to doing shows with skills that they learned on the show.

"Right now we're putting some new programs together for the shows that are coming up," Davis said. "It's the first time we're choreographing and putting things together after doing 'Dancing with the Stars,' and it's been a lot of fun to incorporate some of the things we've learned, some of the new ability to move in different ways into our skating, which is a great feeling of pride."

On Sunday, they were enjoying the time away from training as they attend their first NASCAR race and enjoyed the experience.

"Just going around, getting a chance to meet everyone and an opportunity to dive into a whole new world for us has been great," White said. "We've been training so much and just so focused on our own goals that we've kind of had to miss out on a lot of opportunities like this and just experiencing new things. So this for us is just a dream come true."

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