The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the list of recipients of the 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy. The award was introduced in 2005 to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the success of London being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. The BOA presented a trophy to each of thirty-three summer and winter Olympic sports for them to award on an annual basis to their top performing athlete of the year. It is usually British Curling which puts the names forward for our sport. To mark her outstanding performances in 2010, Eve Muirhead has been awarded the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy for curling!
The official BOA release quotes Eve, “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for this award and it rounds off what has been an exciting year in my progression to curling at senior level. Competing at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver was an experience I will never forget and the year got even better when our team went on to win silver at the World Championships and again most recently at the European Championships earlier this month. Getting a taste of success makes me all the more determined to go on and reach the top of the medal podium and I would love to have the opportunity to represent Team GB again in Sochi in 2014.”
Well done to Eve, well deserved! The full list of athletes is here.
Ewan MacDonald was awarded the trophy last year, David Murdoch in 2008, Kelly Wood in 2007, and Warwick Smith in 2006.
The photo of Eve is from the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery and is © Skip Cottage.