Who should be January’s Allianz Athlete of the Month?

Athletes from Australian Open and World Cups in alpine Nordic skiing make the shortlist 02 Feb 2018
Picture collage of five athetes

January 2018 - Athlete of the Month shortlist

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.

The nominations are:

Dylan Alcott, Australia, wheelchair tennis

Alcott won his fourth straight Australian Open quad singles trophy when he defeated top-seeded David Wagner of the USA.

Marie Bochet, France, alpine skiing

Bochet was in top form at each of the three World Cup races in January, winning five golds. Her only blemish was a silver medal in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, in the women’s standing giant slalom.

Shingo Kunieda, Japan, wheelchair tennis

Kunieda came back from a series of injuries to win his 41st Grand Slam, his first Australian Open trophy since 2015 and his first Grand Slam singles title since beating France’s Stephane Houdet in the 2015 US Open final.

Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing

Masters dominated the women’s sitting category at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Oberried, Germany. She swept all the cross-country races and two of the three biathlon events.

Jesper Pedersen, Norway, alpine skiing

The teenager is having the best season of his career so far. He won both giant slalom men’s sitting races in at the World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia; and won the same event at the next World Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, in which he tied for the gold.

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Friday (9 February) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January 2018 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.

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