Vote now for Best Female Athlete from Sochi 2014

Nominees for the honour include: Marie Bochet, Anna Schaffelhuber, Elena Remizova, Alena Kaufman and Bibian Mentel-Spee. 11 Apr 2014
Anna Schaffelhuber of Germany

Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber of Germany celebrates winning gold in the women's super-G sitting alpine skiing event on Day 3 of Sochi 2014.

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The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 17 April to vote for which female athlete it thought had the best performance last month at Sochi 2014.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for the Best Female Athlete of March based on performances at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and the public can now vote for the winner on

In lieu of the IPC Athlete of the Month award for March, the honour is being separated into three different categories – Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team – based on results at Sochi 2014.

A one-week voting period is being dedicated to each category on the IPC’s website, with American ice sledge hockey player Declan Farmer having already been voted the Best Male Athlete.

The nominees for Best Female Athlete include:

Marie Bochet (France, alpine skiing): In the women’s standing class, Bochet starred as expected, taking gold in four races. At just 20 years old, she stood atop the podium after the downhill, giant slalom, super-combined and super-G events.

Anna Schaffelhuber (Germany, alpine skiing): The 21-year-old could not have fared any better at Sochi 2014, as she won gold in all five of her events in the women’s sitting class: downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super combined and super-G.

Elena Remizova (Russia, cross-country skiing): As one of the host nation’s surprises of the Games, Remizova came away with three golds and a silver in the women’s cross-country skiing visually impaired races. She won the 5km and 15km distances, along with the 4x2.5km mixed relay, and she finished second in the 1km sprint.

Alena Kaufman (Russia, biathlon): Following her top performance on the 2013-14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit, Kaufman claimed two golds and a silver in biathlon at Sochi 2014. She finished first in the women’s 6km and 10km standing events and placed third in the 12.5km standing event.

Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands, snowboard): The Dutch rider was the first athlete to ever win gold in snowboard at the Paralympics, as the sport made its debut. In addition to dominating the women’s competition, she was bestowed with the Whang Young Dai Award for exemplifying the Paralympic spirit.

The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 17 April to vote for which female athlete it thought had the best performance last month at Sochi 2014.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

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