Sports Star of the Year Award Winners (2000-2015)

Male Athlete of the Year


SSY2010_Apolo Ohno


Apolo Ohno
Olympic Speed Skater

Short-track speed skater from Seattle who won three medals in Vancouver for a career total of eight, the most ever by a U.S. Winter Olympian.


SSY2011_Chris Polk


Chris Polk
UW Husky Running Back

Led the University of Washington Huskies in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns in 2011.  Selected to the All-PAC-12 First Team.




Nathan Adrian
USA Swimming

Bremerton product who won two gold medals and a silver medal at the London Olympics. Became the first American in 24 years to win the 100-meter freestyle and also swam on the victorious 4×100 medley relay team.


SSY2013_Russell Wilson


Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback Russell Wilson set an NFL record for most wins in his first two seasons, maintained one of the league’s top passer ratings and led the Seahawks to the NFC’s best win-loss record. He was a strong contender for MVP honors.


SSY2014_Earl Thomas III


Earl Thomas III
Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the defender every opposing quarterback needs to worry about. The fifth-year player is known for his intensity, football instincts, tackling ability and, above all, sideline to sideline speed. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a leader on the NFL’s top defense.

Female Athlete of the Year


SSY2010_Jessica Pixler


Jessica Pixler
SPU XC/Track Runner

Seattle Pacific University runner dominated NCAA Division II for four years, finishing with 12 individual national championships in indoor and outdoor track and cross-country.


SSY2011_Courtney Vandersloot


Courtney Vandersloot
Gonzaga Basketball

Led the Gonzaga Women’s Basketball team to a 31-5 record and a trip to the Elite 8 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  Drafted third by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Draft and selected to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.


SSY2012_Mary Whipple


Mary Whipple
USA Rowing

University of Washington grad who won her second Olympic gold medal as coxswain of the U.S. women’s eight. Also won gold in record time at the world championships. Her boats have not lost a race since 2006.


UW- Volleyball (Photo by Rob Sumner / Red Box Pictures)


Krista Vansant
UW Volleyball

Junior outside hitter Krista Vansant was Pac-12 Player of the Year after leading the Huskies to the conference championship. She was at her best in the NCAA tournament, showing All-America skills as she boosted UW into the Final Four at KeyArena.  (Photo by Rob Sumner / Red Box Pictures)


SSY2014_Stephanie Verdoia


Stephanie Verdoia
Seattle U Soccer

Striker Stephanie Verdoia was named the nation’s top women’s soccer scholar-athlete and a third-team All American after a record-breaking senior season. The two-time WAC Offensive Player of the Year set Seattle U career and season scoring marks and finished nationally in goals and points.

Sports Story of the Year


SSY2010_Tim Linceum


Tim Lincecum
SF Giants All-Star Pitcher

Two time World Series champion and San Francisco Giants All-Star pitcher  from the University of Washington. He has won the Golden Spikes award as well as being a 2 time Cy Young award winner.


SSY2011_Kasey Keller


Kasey Keller
Sounders FC Goalkeeper

Olympia native and former US Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper. Led the Sounders FC to their third straight US Open Cup victory in 2011 and played his last professional game of his 20 year professional career in November. Selected to the 2011 MLS Best XI.


SSY2012_Marshawn Lynch


Marshawn Lynch
Seattle Seahawks

Running back who ranked among the NFL’s leading rushers and set the tone for the Seahawks offense with his bruising style, determination and yards gained after contact. Tied team record for consecutive 100-yard games.




Super Bowl Victory
Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks not only won the National Football League Championship for the first time, they turned the Super Bowl into an unexpected rout. Their league-best defensive overpowered Denver’s league-best offensive, 43-8. The whole city celebrated, with an estimated 700,000 turning out for the victory parade.

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