(L-R) Luge athlete Kate Hansen, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Para-snowboarder Mike Shea earn United States Olympic Committee Athlete and Team of the Month honors.
Luge athlete Kate Hansen, Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea and figure skating ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White earn U.S. Olympic Committee’s January honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances throughout January earned luge athlete Kate Hansen (La Canada, Calif.), Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.) and figure skating ice dance team of Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) Athlete and Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Hansen captured the first world cup gold medal for a U.S. luge singles athlete since 1997 at the FIL World Cup, held Jan. 25 in Sigulda, Latvia. She finished the 2013-14 World Cup season ranked seventh overall with 384 total points.
Shea won three world cup titles in the month of January, beginning with a top finish in men’s lower-limb impairment snowboard cross at the IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup, held Jan. 18 in Copper Mountain, Colo. He followed this performance with consecutive titles in the same event at the 2014 Big White World Cup, held Jan. 25-26 in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Davis and White won their sixth consecutive U.S. ice dance title in record-setting fashion at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston. The veteran team set U.S. records for points in short dance (80.69), free dance (119.50) and overall (200.19). Additionally, their free dance mark was a perfect score for this particular program. They are the first U.S. ice dance team to win six U.S. titles.
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) finished runner-up and cross-country skier Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) claimed third in the female vote. On the men’s side, snowboarder Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) and track & field athlete Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) earned second and third place. The U.S. Women’s National Goalball Team finished second in the team category.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
1. Kate Hansen, Luge
2. Jamie Anderson, Snowboard
3. Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing
1. Mike Shea, Paralympic Snowboarding
2. Shaun White, Snowboard
3. Galen Rupp, Track & Field
1. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Figure Skating
2. U.S. Women’s National Team, Goalball