Gimme a break! Aleksandra Wozniak as Canadian Press female athlete of the year?
No offence against Wozniak, but plenty intended against the voters for the award.
Just how does someone get named the best athlete in the country when she's ranked 34th in the world in her sport?
According to the CP story announcing the award – which really had to go to great lengths to try to justify the selection -- Wozniak was a worthy winner because she “knocked off the reigning French Open champion, beat three other top-15 tennis players and sent a former world No. 1 packing in her swan-song tournament.”
"I was knocking the door at No. 21," Wozniak is quoted as saying.
In case, the voters hadn't noticed, there was a Canadian athlete not only knocking on the door at No. 1, but crashing through it.
How do you pick Wozniak over speed skater Christine Nesbitt?
Nesbitt won a world title in the women's 1,000 metres and a World Cup title over the same distance. She's won six of her eight World Cup races this season including four in a row in the 1,000 metres. She's a key cog in the women's pursuit team that won the world title last March and smashed the world record earlier this month.
We could go on, but we should also start listing the accomplishments of hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, who followed up her Olympic bronze medal with a silver this year at the world championships and also had a career best this season of 12.49 seconds. She was consistently on the podium on the Grand Prix circuit.
Speed skater Kristina Groves was no slouch, either, winning the women's 1,500-metre World Cup title and capturing three medals at the World Single Distance Championships – would have been four if not for a strange disqualification for knocking a plastic puck while smoking the field in the 1,500 metres (No one thought she deserved a DQ, including her competitors.)
When the Lou Marsh Award was being debated earlier this month, there were five finalists considered for the honour eventually won by Sidney Crosby – the only woman was Nesbitt.
Wozniak? Not saying she's not good, but she's no athlete of the year.