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Nadal and Vonn win World Laureus sports awards

Spain, US, Germany big winners in Abu Dhabi event, each bagging two wins

Nadal and Vonn win World Laureus sports awards
Rafael Nadal was named Sportsman of the Year after a remarkable season at the Laureus awards in Abu Dhabi
Nadal and Vonn win World Laureus sports awards
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey hosted the World Laureus sports awards in Abu Dhabi
Nadal and Vonn win World Laureus sports awards
American Alpine skier Lindsay Vonn was voted Sportswoman of the Year

Spain enjoyed a double celebration on Monday when tennis
champion Rafael Nadal and their World Cup winning soccer team walked away with
the top prizes at the Laureus Sports Awards.

Nadal was named Sportsman of
the Year after a remarkable season in which he won the French Open, Wimbledon
and US Open trophies while Spain's World Cup side were named Team of the Year
at a glittering ceremony attended by celebrities and sporting greats.

American Alpine skier Lindsay
Vonn, who won the Olympic downhill gold at the Vancouver Games last February
just days after suffering a shin injury, was voted Sportswoman of the Year.

Spain, the United States and Germany
were the big winners with each country bagging two awards.

There was a rapturous welcome
for French soccer great Zinedine Zidane, who received the Lifetime Achievement
Award in recognition of his remarkable career.

The Spirit of Sport Award was
presented to the European Ryder Cup Team to mark their emotional win over the
United States in a match "which demonstrated great sportsmanship, golf
played at the highest level and enormous and passionate galleries," a
statement from the organizers said.

The Laureus World Sports
Awards, which recognize sporting achievement, are the premier honors on the
international sporting calendar.

Double Oscar winner Kevin
Spacey hosted the event attended by celebrities from the world of sports and

The Awards were announced in
seven categories. The winners were:

  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of
    the Year: Lindsey Vonn (US)
  • Laureus World Team of the
    Year: Spain World Cup Team
  • Laureus World Breakthrough
    of the Year: Martin Kaymer (Germany)
  • Laureus World Comeback of
    the Year: Valentino Rossi (Italy)
  • Laureus World Sportsperson
    of the Year with a Disability: Verena Bentele (Germany)
  • Laureus World Action
    Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater (US)

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