Nominations announced for 2015 Paralympic Sport Awards

September 30, 2015

Brian McKeever, Wheelchair Curling Team, and Mac Marcoux

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the athletes and teams who have made the shortlists for November's 2015 Paralympic Sport Awards which are proudly partnered by Allianz and will recognise achievements from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

On Saturday 14 November in Mexico City, special awards will be presented in the following categories: Best Female, Best Male, Best Debut, Best Team and Best Official.

Between them, the nominees won 25 gold medals in Sochi.

The shortlists for the categories are as follows:

Best Female

Marie Bochet (France)

Aged just 20 at the time, she won Sochi 2014 gold in downhill, super-G, super combined and giant slalom to maintain her dominance of the women's standing class.  Only in the giant slalom did any of her rivals come within one second of her on the podium.

Mikhalina Lysova (Russia)

Together with her guide Alexey Ivanov, she won three gold and three silver medals in Sochi.  She topped the podium in the 6km cross-country race as well as the 6km and 10km biathlon races.  She won silver in the 5km and 15km cross-country and 12.5km biathlon.

Anna Schaffelhuber (Germany)

The 21-year-old sit skier became only the second female athlete at a Paralympic Winter Games to win gold in all five alpine skiing disciplines at Sochi 2014.  Her previous best performance was three golds and one silver at the 2011 World Championships.

Best Male

Toby Kane (Australia)

His bronze in the men's super-combined standing made him the only single-ski male athlete to make the podium in Sochi.  He won Australia's first medal of the Games and became the first Australian to be presented with the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award.

Brain McKeever (Canada)

The cross-country skier won three golds at Sochi 2014 in the 20km, 10km and 1km with his guides Erik Carleton and Graham Nishikawa. With his Sochi success, he became the first Canadian winter Paralympian to win 10 Paralympic gold medals in his career.

Roman Petushkov (Russia)

On home snow he became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at a single Paralympic Winter Games.  The sit-skier topped the podium in the 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km biathlon races and the 1km, 15km and mixed relay cross-country events.

Best Games Debut

Alexey Bugaev (Russia)

At his first Games, Bugaev won a medal in all five alpine skiing standing events he took part in despite being only 16 years old.  He won gold in the super combined and slalom events, silver in the downhill and giant slalom and bronze in the super-G.

Mac Marcoux (Canada)

Aged just 16 in Sochi, Marcoux and guide Robin Fémy won gold in giant slalom and bronze in the downhill and super-G.  His achievements were made more special by the fact that his regular guide, his brother B.J, had to withdraw from Sochi weeks before the Games.

Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands)

After spearheading the campaign to get snowboard into the Games, Mentel-Spee won Sochi 2014 gold in the women's event by a margin of 10 seconds. At the Closing Ceremony she was presented with the Whang Youn Dai Award.

Best Team

Canada wheelchair curling

The team won their third straight Paralympic gold in Sochi with an 8-3 win over hosts Russia. The team set a record in Sochi for the most points in a game and the largest margin of victory when they defeated Slovakia 16-0.

Sweden Nordic relay

The Nordic skiing mixed relay event usually features teams of four skiers, however in Sochi Sweden only fielded Helene Ripa and Zebastian Modin.  Between them the pair took on the workload of four skiers and excelled by winning silver behind a very strong Russian quartet.

USA ice sledge hockey

The US team claimed the first ever back-to-back Paralympic ice sledge hockey gold medals in the history of the Games with a 1-0 final win over Russia in Sochi. The match was broadcast live on NBC for the first time ever.

In addition to these four awards, Saturday 14 November will also see an award presented for Best Official and one IPC member will receive the BP Courage Award. The Paralympic Media Awards will also be presented and three people who have shown great dedication to the Paralympic Movement will receive the Paralympic Order from IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

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For further information, please contact Craig Spence, IPC Director of Media and Communications on e-mail: craig.spence@paralympic.org or call +49-228-2097-230. Alternatively, please visit www.paralympic.org.