Alpine Skier Martin Braxenthaler Wins Laureus Award 2007 Bonn, Germany - German Alpine Skier Martin Braxenthaler was named Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability at the eighth Laureus World Sports Awards. The award was presented by Argentinean top model Valeria Mazza and Laureus World Sports Academy member Franz Klammer at a ceremony held at the Palau St Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.
Mr. Braxenthaler was an outstanding performer in Alpine Skiing at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games with winning three gold medals (Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G). As well in 2006, he was the winner of the overall World Cup, the World Cup Slalom and was German champion in Slalom and Giant Slalom. Amongst other honors, he was awarded the Eurosport Sport Star Award in the category Best Male Athlete with a Disability in 2006.
After winning the award, Mr. Braxenthaler stated: "I am really honored to receive this award today and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to achieve this." With his great experience Mr. Braxenthaler has become a role model for younger athletes. His knowledge and skills are the basis for other athletes getting better and better.
Other nominees in the category for Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability were Edith Hunkeler (Athletics, Switzerland), Esther Vergeer (Wheelchair Tennis, Netherlands) Javier Ochoa (Cycling, Spain), Kazem Rajabi Golojeh (Powerlifting, Iran) and Kurt Fearnley (Athletics, Australia).
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