I think it's worth a thread, as she is the youngest recipient and first swimmer ever to win the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year.
In addition, she just completed her first year of NCAA swimming at California at Nationals this past weekend. (She made a decision to give up huge to stay amateur and do 2 years of NCAA swimming and plans to go pro the year before Rio). Although she is the defending Olympic champ in the 100 and 200 back and the world record holder in the 200 back, she spent the year focusing on freestyle events, as her team has some strong backstrokers and didn't complete back at Nationals. She won Nationals in the 200 free and smashed the previous NCAA record by almost a second.The other nominees were German soccer player Nadine Angerer, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Slovenian Alpine skier Tina Maze and American tennis player Serena Williams.
Congrats to Missy!