The United States Olympic Committee today announced that the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.
The awards honor the awe-inspiring, outstanding U.S. performances from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and will air Oct. 4 on NBC Sports Network from 10-11 p.m. ET.
Included in the finalists are Olympic champion wrestlers Kyle Snyder in the male category and Helen Maroulis in the female category. They are joined by eight other Olympic athletes and five other Olympic teams as finalists.
Snyder became the youngest American Olympic wrestling champion at age 20. Maroulis became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling.
Voting is currently open at TeamUSA.org/Awards for the Best of the Olympic Games categories, and closes on Friday, Sept. 9, at 11:59 pm MT.
Fans are encouraged to vote for Kyle and Helen over the next few days and encourage their friends and family to do the same.
Other finalists include Olympic champions Carmelo Anthony (basketball), Simone Biles (gymnastics), Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps (swimming), and Allyson Felix and teammates’ 400-meter relay (track and field).
Winners in each of the categories will be announced during the awards show and welcomed on stage to share a few remarks. The full list of finalists is listed below, and bios are available at TeamUSA.org/Awards.
More than 500 members of Team USA are expected to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28, and will include athlete and celebrity presenters to be announced in the coming weeks. A red carpet for arrivals and media interviews will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Team USA Awards honor the athletes and teams of the Games in six categories:
• Female Athlete of the Olympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
• Male Athlete of the Olympic Games
• Team of the Olympic Games, presented by Dow
• Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
• Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games, presented by The Hartford
• Team of the Paralympic Games, presented by Dow
The ceremony will also recognize two additional awards: the Coach of the Games, and the Building Dreams Award, presented by USG, which honors an individual, group or community that has gone above and beyond in its support of Team USA.
Voting for the Best of the Paralympic Games categories will open on Sunday, Sept. 18, after the Paralympic Games conclude.
The 2016 Olympic finalists for the individual athlete and team categories were selected based on nominations from each National Governing Body.
In addition to presenting sponsor Dow, six USOC sponsors – Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, The Hartford, Samsung and USG – are associate sponsors of the Team USA Awards, Best of the Games event.
Olympic finalists for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games