NHL star Leon Draisaitl as the first ice hockey player, long jumper and last year’s winner Malaika Mihambo and the all-round winners of FC Bayern Munich are the “Sportsman of the Year” 2020. That is the result of an online vote by 960 sports journalists that took place on Sunday evening at the award ceremony in Baden -Baden was announced. Only with very few invited guests and without an audience did the ZDF presenters Katrin Müller-Hohenstein and Rudi Cerne award the award at the end of a sports year with numerous cancellations of major events.
Draisaitl refined its successful year 2020. Never before had an ice hockey player been named “Sportsman of the Year” since 1947 in the history of the election. “It’s a huge thing, I’m very proud. It would not be possible without the help of many people in my life, “said the Edmoton Oilers striker via video link:” I’ve played a successful year and I’m also proud of the MVP title in the NHL. “
Draisaitl had stood out in the past NHL season and trumped like no German before him. As the most valuable player and top scorer in the world’s best league, the 25-year-old has now succeeded decathlete Niklas Kaul. Draisaitl (1768 points) won by a clear margin ahead of javelin thrower Johannes Vetter (649 points), who came close to the world record with 97.76 meters. Third was triathlete Jan Frodeno (517).
“I don’t think there is anything bigger for athletes in Germany than this award. Friends and family are incredibly proud of you, ”said Draisaitl’s father, the former national ice hockey player Peter Draisaitl.
Former basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was most recently voted “Sportsman of the Year” in 2011 as a team athlete. Nowitzki, like the beach volleyball Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and biathlon Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner, has now been named “Sports Legends of the Decade”. In this online vote, fans and athletes had voted.
Mihambo was named “Sportswoman of the Year” as in the previous year. “That was an exceptional year, so it wasn’t to be expected. There were no major, extraordinary competitions in athletics, ”said the long jumper as a guest on stage. The world champion from the LG Kurpfalz leads the world best list with 7.03 meters. The 26-year-old also drew attention to herself with her “Herzsprung” project, which supports children in doing sports
The track and field athlete (898 points) prevailed against the competitors much closer than Draisaitl in the men’s category. Second place went to golfer Sophia Popov (781), who was the first German to win a major tournament at the British Open. Third place went to three-time track cycling world champion Emma Hinze (746).
In the election for “Team of the Year” there was no getting around the triple winner FC Bayern Munich from coach Hansi Flick. “This title counts a lot, not many soccer teams win it,” said the chairman of the FC Bayern board, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, as one of the representatives in Baden-Baden.
With 1763 points, the Bayern footballers cleared the award for the first time since 2013, when they had also achieved the triple of the German championship, DFB Cup victory and Champions League title. The tennis doubles Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies came second after their second French Open coup in succession (1126) in front of the bobsleigh team around Francesco Friedrich (839).