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.

Vote RankingList Ranking  

27

1931

Helene Madison

Swimmer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

31

1932

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

82

1933

Helen Jacobs

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

4

1935

Helen Wills Moody Roark

Tennis Player

100% (1 of 1 votes)

67

1936

Helen Stephens

Athlete

0% (0 of 3 votes)

23

1937

Katherine Rawls

Swimmer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

62

1938

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

72

1939

Alice Marble

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

73

1940

Alice Marble

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

83

1941

Betty Hicks

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

63

1943

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

28

1944

Ann Curtis

Swimmer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

32

1945

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

33

1946

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

34

1947

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

3

1948

Fanny Blankers-Koen

Athlete

100% (1 of 1 votes)

35

1950

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

58

1951

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

59

1952

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

60

1953

Maureen Connolly Brinker

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

1954

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Golfer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

64

1955

Patty Berg

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

74

1956

Pat McCormick

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

5

1957

Althea Gibson

Tennis Player

100% (1 of 1 votes)

6

1958

Althea Gibson

Tennis Player

100% (1 of 1 votes)

61

1959

Maria Bueno

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

80

1960

Wilma Rudolph

Athlete

0% (0 of 3 votes)

81

1961

Wilma Rudolph

Athlete

0% (0 of 3 votes)

41

1962

Dawn Fraser

Swimmer

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

77

1963

Mickey Wright

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

78

1964

Mickey Wright

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

75

1965

Kathy Whitworth

Golfer

0% (0 of 3 votes)

76

1966

Kathy Whitworth

Golfer

0% (0 of 3 votes)

25

1967

Billie Jean King

Tennis Player

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

29

1968

Peggy Fleming

Figure Skater

42.86% (3 of 7 votes)

56

1971

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Tennis Player

0% (0 of 2 votes)

57

1972

Olga Korbut

Gymnast

0% (0 of 1 votes)

26

1973

Billie Jean King

Tennis Player

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

51

1974

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

52

1975

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

20

1976

Nadia Comaneci

Gymnast

51.46% (334 of 649 votes)

53

1977

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

69

1978

Nancy Lopez

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

43

1979

Tracy Austin

Tennis Player

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

54

1980

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

44

1981

Tracy Austin

Tennis Player

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

39

1982

Mary Decker Tabb Slaney

Athlete

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

21

1983

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Player

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

47

1984

Mary Lou Retton

Gymnast

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

70

1985

Nancy Lopez

Golfer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

22

1986

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Player

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

19

1987

Jackie Joyner Kersee

Athlete

52.59% (71 of 135 votes)

16

1988

Florence Griffith-Joyner

Athlete

53.72% (159 of 296 votes)

8

1989

Steffi Graf

Tennis Player

64.29% (9 of 14 votes)

24

1990

Beth Daniel

Golfer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

49

1991

Monica Seles

Tennis Player

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

50

1992

Monica Seles

Tennis Player

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

40

1993

Sheryl Swoopes

Basketball Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

42

1994

Bonnie Blair

Athlete

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

46

1995

Rebecca Lobo

Basketball Player

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

37

1996

Amy Van Dyken

Swimmer

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

38

1997

Martina Hingis

Tennis Player

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

71

1998

Se Ri Pak

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

2000

Marion Jones

Athlete

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

48

2001

Jennifer Capriati

Tennis Player

8.11% (3 of 37 votes)

12

2002

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

57.32% (188 of 328 votes)

79

2003

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 7 votes)

55

2004

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 7 votes)

68

2005

Annika Sorenstam

Golfer

0% (0 of 7 votes)

1

2006

Lorena Ochoa

Golfer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

2

2007

Lorena Ochoa

Golfer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

14

2008

Candace Parker

Basketball Player

54.55% (6 of 11 votes)

9

2009

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

57.32% (188 of 328 votes)

65

2010

Lindsey Vonn (Kildow)

Athlete

0% (0 of 2 votes)

45

2011

Abby Wambach

Soccer Player

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

66

2012

Gabrielle Douglas

Gymnast

0% (0 of 3 votes)

11

2013

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

57.32% (188 of 328 votes)

10

2015

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

57.32% (188 of 328 votes)

7

2016

Tommy Bolt

Golfer

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

17

2017

Katie Ledecky

Swimmer

53.66% (110 of 205 votes)

13

2018

Serena Williams

Tennis Player

57.32% (188 of 328 votes)

15

2019

Simone Biles

Gymnast

54.10% (66 of 122 votes)

18

2020

Naomi Osaka

Tennis Player

52.94% (45 of 85 votes)