Eurosport Fans Vote Bolt, Ennis and Spain as Athletes of the Year in Collaboration with AIPS

Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:00am EST

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PARIS--(Business Wire)--
Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and the Spain men's football side have been voted
fans` choice in Eurosport's Athlete of the Year 2012 poll, run in association
with the AIPS (International Sports Press Association).

Over 60,000 votes were cast by sports fans around the world in the Eurosport
poll, which was hosted on the broadcaster`s Facebook page, to select the best
male, female and team competitors of the year. 

In an Olympic year, it is no surprise to see London 2012 athletes prominent at
the top of the poll. The Games, which were broadcast live on Eurosport, are
clearly still fresh in the memory of sports fans. Usain Bolt secured an
incredible three gold medals in London, a repeat of his Beijing 2008
performance. The Jamaican dominated the men's category of the poll, receiving
40.81% of votes ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (16.71%) and Yannick Agnel (9.53%). 

British heroine Jessica Ennis, winner of heptathlon gold in her home Olympics,
scored 38.21% in the women's category, edging out Serena Williams (30.61%) and
Marit Bjoergen (10.73%). 

An outstanding Spain side clinched their third consecutive international men's
football trophy at UEFA EURO 2012, also broadcast on Eurosport. They won 42.34%
of the team vote while the USA men's basketball side took 14.22% and FC
Barcelona 13.91%. 

"2012 has been a fantastic year for sport and we are proud Eurosport has
broadcast and reported on so many major events to offer fans the greatest
coverage possible. Athletes such as Bolt, Ennis and the Spanish footballers have
had an exceptional year even by their own high standards and this is reflected
by their success in the public and expert vote. We look forward to seeing them
in action on Eurosport in 2013." said Eurosport spokesperson Heather Bowler,
Global Communications Director. 

As part of its developing relationship with the AIPS, 2012 marks the first time
Eurosport has joined the Athlete of the Year initiative. This year, the
Eurosport poll allowed fans to add their voice to that of the international
sports media professionals of the AIPS, who voted for Usain Bolt, Serena
Williams and Spain (football) in their annual poll. 

Eurosport is Europe's n°1 sports entertainment group, boasting seven TV channels
and an international network of 15 websites in 11 languages.

Matt Horler

Copyright Business Wire 2012
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