Rafael Nadal has racked up another athlete of the year award, this time from the United States Sports Academy. Rafa copped the male prize while the female award went to figure skater Yuna Kim.
Despite returning from a seven-month layoff because of a left knee injury, Nadal won two Grand Slam victories, beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic both times. The wins catapulted him to No. 1 over Djokovic.
Finishing second in the Male Athlete of the Year category was Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi. The third place winner was Usain Bolt. Online voting took place on the Academy’s website from Dec. 1-20 and was done in conjunction with NBC Sports. Read more here.