Hammer second in USOC March Athlete of the Month contest
After becoming the first American woman to ever earn three medals in a single cycling world championships, Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) finished second in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) March Athlete of the Month competition.
Hammer won the gold medal in the Women’s Individual Pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on Friday, March 25, contributed to a silver medal in the team pursuit (with Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed) on Sunday, March 27 and also earned a silver medal in the omnium later that day.
The USOC announced short track speedskater Katherine Reutter (Champaign, Ill.) and long track speedskater Shani Davis(Chicago, Ill.) as its March Athletes of the Month, while the long track speedskating Men’s World Championship Team Pursuit, was awarded Team of the Month honors. Reutter (Champaign, Ill.) became the first U.S. woman to win a World Championship distance title (1500m) in 25 years while Davis (Chicago, Ill.) claimed his fourth straight World Cup 1500m Overall crown at the ISU World Cup Final. The men’s world championship team pursuit squad - Shani Davis, Trevor Marsicano (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), and Jonathan Kuck (Champaign, Ill.) - won their first ever World Championship gold.
After Hammer claimed second place, swimmer Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) finished third in the voting with two individual titles, and as a member of two relay title teams, at the NCAA Women’s Championships, March 17-19, in Austin, Texas.
Short track speedskater Simon Cho (Laurel, Md.) came in second in the male category after making history as the youngest U.S. skater to ever win a World Championship title. In third was swimmer Nathan Adrian(Bremerton, Wash.) who guided the Cal Men’s swimming team to its first NCAA swimming championship in 31 years.
Finishing second in the team competition was the U.S. Women’s National Teamin gymnastics for winning the team title and sweeping the all-around for both the senior and junior levels at the 2011 City of Jesolo (Italy) Trophy on March 19. In third place in the team category was the USA Women’s World Cross Country Teamfor track and field for winning the bronze for the second consecutive time at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Each National Governing Body nominated up to one female, one male and one team per discipline. The winners were selected by a voting panel with online fan voting via the Twitter poll accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.