Sky Diver Felix Baumgartner continues to be recognised as a member of the world’s sporting elite and his latest honour came at the Laureus World Sports Awards. The Austrian was handed the award for Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year at the ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Millions watched live as Felix broke the sound barrier during his freefall from 128,100 feet last year. The successful Red Bull Stratos mission caught the world’s attention, including the 46 legendary sportsmen and sportswomen who sit on the judging panel of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
The prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards have the reputation as being the sporting world’s equivalent of the Oscars. At the ceremony, presented by Morgan Freeman and Eva Longoria, other winners included Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Jessica Ennis
Laureus World Team of the Year: European Ryder Cup Team
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Andy Murray
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Felix Sanchez
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner
Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Sebastian Coe
Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Michael Phelps