Adams misses out as Laureus finalists revealed
New Zealand's Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has missed out on making the shortlist for the Laureus world sportswoman of the year award.
Adams, who won Olympic gold in London and was undefeated in 2012, was last month announced as a nominee for the award but she is not one of six athletes named today as finalists for the world's premier sports awards, following a ballot by the world's media.
With the exception of Lindsey Vonn, who won her fourth overall skiing World Cup in five years, the finalists are dominated by Summer Olympic sports.
Three Americans are short listed: Allyson Felix, who won gold medals in the 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays; swimming sensation Missy Franklin, who at the age of 17, won four gold medals and a bronze; and Serena Williams, who enjoyed one of her greatest years, winning Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold medals in the singles and doubles, with her sister Venus.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the fastest woman on the planet after successfully defending her 100m Olympic title, and Britain's Jessica Ennis, who won the heptathlon gold in front of an ecstatic home crowd, complete the six finalists.
When the winners are revealed in Rio in March, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could be celebrating his third sportsman of the year award, after he repeated his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London - 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
Up against him will be legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals, and two Britons - Mo Farah , winner of the 5000m and 10,000m double, and Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial.
Also nominated in the sportsman's category are FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who scored a remarkable 86 goals in 2012, and Germany's Sebastian Vettel, who won his third straight Formula One world championship.
In the team of the year category, the Spanish football team, winners in 2011, are nominated again following their European Championship victory, along with the dominant China Olympic table tennis team, the European Ryder Cup team, who beat the United States following an incredible final day fightback at Medinah, Red Bull, who won the Formula One constructors championship for a third straight year and two basketball teams: Miami Heat, who won their second NBA title; and the US Men's Olympic team, who won their 14th Olympic gold medal in London.
The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled in Rio de Janeiro on March 11.
The full list of Nominees for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards is:
Sportsman of the Year
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics - won 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m Olympic gold medals in London
Mo Farah (United Kingdom) Athletics - won 5,000m and 10,000m double in Olympic Games
Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football - Barcelona star who scored 86 goals in the calendar y ear
Michael Phelps (United States) Swimming - became most decorated Olympian with 22 career medals
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing - won third straight Formula One World Championship
Bradley Wiggins (United Kingdom) Cycling - won Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial gold
Sportswoman of the Year
Jessica Ennis (United Kingdom) Athletics - won Olympic heptathlon gold medal in London
Allyson Felix (United States) Athletics - won 200m, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m Olympic gold medals
Missy Franklin (United States) Swimming - at 17, won four gold medals and a bronze at Olympics
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics - successfully defended her 100m Olympic title
Lindsey Vonn (United States) Skiing - won fourth overall skiing World Cup in five years
Serena Williams (United Sta tes) Tennis - won Wimbledon, the US Open and two Olympic gold medals
Team of the Year
China Olympic Table Tennis Team - won all the medals they could in London - four gold and two silver.
European Ryder Cup Team (Golf) - beat American team after amazing final day fightback at Medinah
Miami Heat (United States) Basketball - beat Oklahoma Thunder to win their second NBA title
Red Bull Formula One Team (Austria) Motor Racing - won third straight Constructors Championship
Spain Men's Football Team - won European Championship to add to World Cup 2010 and Euro 2008
United States Men's Basketball Team - won their 14th Olympic basketball gold medal in London
Breakthrough of the Year
Yannick Agnel (France) Swimming - at 20, in his first Olympics, won two gold and a silver medal
Gabby Douglas (United States) Gymnastics - first woman to win Olympic individual and team all-around gold
Kirani James (Grenada) Athletics - at 19, won 400m in London for Grenada's first ever Olympic medal
Andy Murray (United Kingdom) Tennis - won first Grand Slam at US Open, plus Olympic gold and silver
Neymar (Brazil) Football - often compared to the great Pelé, he scored his 100th goal at age 20
Ye Shiwen (China) Swimming - at 16, she won both Olympic 200m and 400m individual medley gold
Comeback of the Year
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics - won Olympic 10,000m after coming back from 16 months injury
Ernie Els (South Africa) Golf - won The Open ten years after his previous Major Championship
European Ryder Cup Team (Golf) - on last day turned match against US around for historic 14½-13½ win
Anna Meares (Australia) Cycling - four years after breaking her neck in cycle crash, she won Olympic gold
Felix Sanchez (Dominican Republic) Athletics - at 34, won 400m hurdles gold again, eight years after Athens
Germany Men's Olympic Eights Team (Rowing) - won Olympic gold medal for first time since 1988
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Patrick Anderson (Canada) Wheelchair Basketball - came out of retirement to inspire Canada to gold medal
Johanna Benson (Namibia) Athletics - in T37 200m sprint, she won Namibia's first ever gold medal
Daniel de Faria Dias (Brazil) Swimming - won six Paralympic gold medals in London all in world records
Alan Fonteles Oliveira (Brazil) Athletics - beat favourite Oscar Pistorius to win Paralympic T44 200m gold
David Weir (United Kingdom) Wheelchair Racing - won four gold medals as 'home' hero of Paralympics
Alex Zanardi (Italy) Hand Cycling - won two gold medals and a silver at his first Paralympic Games