Atherton wins Laureus award

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Rachel Atherton called it “the perfect end to the perfect season” after the mountain biker was crowned the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

Rachel Atherton _ Female Mountain Biker

The 29-year-old beat surfing world champions John Florence and Tyler Wright, snowboarder Chloe Kim, skateboarder Pedro Barros and freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru to the illustrious award in a star-studded ceremony in Monaco on Tuesday night.

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Atherton was voted by Laureus Academy members for a season in which she completed a clean sweep by winning all the World Cups – taking her winning streak to 15 consecutive races – as well as being crowned world champion for a fourth time.

Rachel Atherton

The Briton, who had to miss the ceremony because of a training camp in the United States, said: “I’m absolutely gutted I can’t be there tonight.



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