A two-time AAU James E. Sullivan Award semifinalist, Johnson has proven to be one of the best water polo players in the world.. She helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and took home Top Goalkeeper honors.
A member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. National Team at the 2016 Pan American Cup, Carlini is the first four-time All-Big Ten pick in program history. She ranks first at Wisconsin with 74 career double-doubles and second in career assists with 5,599.
A 19-year-old NCAA national champion, Thrasher represented the U.S. in Rio and earned the country's first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 10m air rifle. Thrasher defeated her veteran opponent in the finals by a full point, a wide margin in perhaps the Games' most precise sport.
At age 20, Snyder became the youngest wrestling gold medalist in U.S. history during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Adding to his Olympic gold, Snyder defeated two-time champion Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) to claim his first NCAA championship for Ohio State.
Harrison earned her second Olympic gold medal in 2016 and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the world in the -78kg weight class. She is the first American (male or female) judoka to ever win a gold medal at the Olympic Games and successfully defended her 2012 title in London.
A member of the Final Five, Hernandez placed second in the all-around at Olympic Trials and helped Team USA to a gold medal in the team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Her 15.333 score in the Balance Beam later in the week was good for a silver medal, her second and final medal of the Games.
Captain of both the 2012 and 2016 USA Gymnastics teams, Raisman had another stellar Olympic Games in Rio. At 22 years old, Raisman earned a gold and two silvers to become the second most-decorated U.S. gymnast in history.
Finalist Voting is NOW OPEN for the Top Amateur Athlete in America
The AAU Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Representatives from the AAU created the AAU Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize amateur contributions and achievements from non-professional athletes across the country.
World-renowned golfer Robert “Bobby” Jones received the inaugural award in 1930 and swimmer Anne Curtis became the first female to accept the award in 1944. Other notable athletes to win the award include famed Olympians Mark Spitz (1971), Carl Lewis (1981), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986) and Michael Phelps (2003). Former UCLA basketball star Bill Walton (1973), University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning (1997) and Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (2014) have also earned the prestigious honor.
Vote now for the 87th AAU James E. Sullivan Award.