Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year

Sports Awards

Missing: Virginia Van Wie (1934) * Callen (1942) * Marlene Bauer (1949) * Debbie Meyer (1969) * Chi Cheng (1970) * U.S. women's soccer team (1999) * Mo'ne Davis (2014)

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

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18

1931

Helene Madison

Swimmer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

73

1932

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

19

1933

Helen Jacobs

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

54

1935

Helen Wills Moody Roark

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

40

1936

Helen Stephens

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

29

1937

Katherine Rawls

Swimmer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

1938

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

55

1939

Alice Marble

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

56

1940

Alice Marble

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

17

1941

Betty Hicks

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

37

1943

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

16

1944

Ann Curtis

Swimmer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

74

1945

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

75

1946

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

76

1947

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

46

1948

Fanny Blankers-Koen

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

77

1950

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

51

1951

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

52

1952

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

53

1953

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

78

1954

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

38

1955

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

57

1956

Pat McCormick

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

68

1957

Althea Gibson

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

69

1958

Althea Gibson

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

35

1959

Maria Bueno

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

71

1960

Wilma Rudolph

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

72

1961

Wilma Rudolph

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

58

1962

Dawn Fraser

Swimmer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

63

1963

Mickey Wright

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

64

1964

Mickey Wright

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

61

1965

Kathy Whitworth

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

62

1966

Kathy Whitworth

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

82

1967

Billie Jean King

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

25

1968

Peggy Fleming

Figure Skater

0% (0 of 2 votes)

22

1971

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

23

1972

Olga Korbut

Gymnast

0% (0 of 0 votes)

83

1973

Billie Jean King

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

11

1974

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

12

1975

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

20

1976

Nadia Comaneci

Gymnast

0% (0 of 10 votes)

13

1977

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

79

1978

Nancy Lopez

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

65

1979

Tracy Austin

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

14

1980

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

66

1981

Tracy Austin

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

26

1982

Mary Decker Tabb Slaney

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

1983

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

1

1984

Mary Lou Retton

Gymnast

100% (1 of 1 votes)

80

1985

Nancy Lopez

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

28

1986

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

48

1987

Jackie Joyner Kersee

Athlete

0% (0 of 2 votes)

50

1988

Florence Griffith-Joyner

Athlete

0% (0 of 3 votes)

10

1989

Steffi Graf

Tennis Player

44.44% (4 of 9 votes)

60

1990

Beth Daniel

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

30

1991

Monica Seles

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 3 votes)

31

1992

Monica Seles

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 3 votes)

21

1993

Sheryl Swoopes

Basketball Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

9

1994

Bonnie Blair

Athlete

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

67

1995

Rebecca Lobo

Basketball Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

49

1996

Amy Van Dyken

Swimmer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

32

1997

Martina Hingis

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

59

1998

Se Ri Pak

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

81

2000

Marion Jones

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

34

2001

Jennifer Capriati

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

5

2002

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

100% (19 of 19 votes)

70

2003

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

33

2004

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

24

2005

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

43

2006

Lorena Ochoa

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

44

2007

Lorena Ochoa

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

47

2008

Candace Parker

Basketball Player

0% (0 of 5 votes)

4

2009

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

100% (19 of 19 votes)

42

2010

Lindsey Vonn (Kildow)

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

41

2011

Abby Wambach

Soccer Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

39

2012

Gabrielle Douglas

Gymnast

0% (0 of 0 votes)

2

2013

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

100% (19 of 19 votes)

3

2015

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

100% (19 of 19 votes)

45

2016

Tommy Bolt

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

2017

Katie Ledecky

Swimmer

21.78% (22 of 101 votes)

6

2018

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

100% (19 of 19 votes)

7

2019

Simone Biles

Gymnast

93.33% (14 of 15 votes)

8

2020

Naomi Osaka

Tennis Player

62.50% (5 of 8 votes)