Golden Goggle Awards 2016 Re-Cap

The annual Golden Goggle Awards, which is basically the Grammy's of the swim world, concluded last night. This is an annual event recognizes the best athletes in American organized swimming and honors their individual accomplishments. 

As true as it may be that I "missed out" on the to swim in the Olympics, there will always be a place in my heart for the sports I love, especially swimming.

In previous years since it's start in 2004, the Golden Goggles Awards tend to be a bit repetitive, especially in terms of notable athletes like Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and Katie Hoff. This year, however, was particularly intriguingly peculiar. Simone Manuel broke historical barriers, becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic games. That was such a proud moment for me, personally. An equally impressive moment in Rio this summer was pairing 2 rookies (Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held) with 2 veterans (Nathan Adrian and Michael Phelps) for the men's 4x100 freestyle relay. 

photo cred.: Clive Rose/Getty

Swimming fans all over the world cast their votes for the following categories:
  • Breakout Performer of the Year - Lilly King
  • Perseverance Award - Anthony Ervin
  • Coach of the Year - Dave Durden
  • Relay Performance of the Year - Men's 4x100 freestyle relay (Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps)
  • Female Race of the Year - Simone Manuel 
  • Male Race of the Year - Michael Phelps
  • Female Swimmer of the Year - Katie Ledecky (4th consecutive year)
  • Male Athlete of the Year - Michael Phelps
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