Mensah Stock became the first African American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling, when she captured the 68 kg title at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She also became only the second U.S. woman to win an Olympic title, joining 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis.
Vote for Tamyra Mensah Stock for Sportswoman of the Year
Voting remains open through August 22.
Mensah Stock was a 2019 World champion, and also won World bronze medals in 2018 and 2021. She is the first U.S. athlete to win the respected Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia three straight years. Mensah Stock was a two-time WCWA college national champion for Wayland Baptist University, and is originally from Katy, Texas.
Other finalists in the individual sports category are Carissa Moore of surfing, Sydney McLaughlin of track and field, Oksana Masters of paralympic Nordic skiing and road cycling, Jessica Long of paralympic swimming, Sunisa Lee of gymnastics, Katie Ledecky of swimming, Nelly Korda of golf, Chloe Kim of snowboard and Erin Jackson of speedskating.
Fans may also vote on the category featuring athletes from team sports.
Finalists were selected based on athletic performances between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee select the award winners. The winner in each category will be the athlete who receives the highest combined share of a public vote (50% of composite) and the Awards Committee vote (50% of composite).
Award winners will be announced on October 12 at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Annual Salute.