Jan. 17, 2008 – Swimmer Katie Hoff has been selected as the Sportswoman of the Year for 2007 by the United States Olympic Committee. In addition, the women’s world championships gymnastics team was chosen as Team of the Year.
Hoff captured Sportswoman of the Year honors for the second time, having been previously honored in 2005. She earned a total of 11 medals in 2007, eight of which were gold. Included were gold medals in the 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley and 800-meter free relay team at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
The women’s gymnastics team, comprised of Ivana Hong, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone, Shayla Worley and reserve Bridget Sloan, captured gold at the World Championships. It marked the first time that the USA won the team and all-around titles at the same World Championships.
The USOC also selected track athlete Allyson Felix as the first-ever recipient of the Outstanding Performance of the Year Awards. Felix won the 200 meter individual gold medal and was a part of the 4 x 100 meters and 4 x 400 meters championship relay teams at the 2007 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan.