Los Angeles' Winning Olympic Bid and Dodgers Reaching World Series Share Top Spot As Greatest Moment of 2017 at 13th LA Sports Awards.
LOS ANGELES (February 6, 2018) — The city of Los Angeles winning the right to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Dodgers winning the National League pennant and advancing to the World Series shared top billing as the No. 1 sports moment of 2017 during the 13th Annual LA Sports Awards, held tonight at The Beverly Hilton.
The overall Top 10 moments of 2017 were determined by combining the results of online fan balloting with the selections by an eight-person Media Panel. For the first time in the 13-year history of the LA Sports Awards, the vote for the top moment ended in a tie.
In one of the most memorable playoff games in franchise history, Kike Hernandez hit three home runs as the Dodgers blew out the Chicago Cubs 11-1 at Wrigley Field to win the National League Championship Series 4 games to 1 and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Of equal caliber was the quest for the 2028 Summer Games, which culminated in September when the International Olympic Committee officially awarded the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad to the City of Angels for a third time (1932, 1984).
In other award presentations, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers was honored as 2017 Sportsman of the Year and NCAA beach volleyball champions Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes of USC were selected Sportswomen of the Year. Rams head coach Sean McVay received the Coach of the Year award and LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman was named the top Sports Executive.
Renowned sportscaster Al Michaels presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to retired Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller.
As defined by the L.A. Sports Council’s Media Panel, a sports “moment” can be a specific instant in time (a winning goal, hit or shot), an individual or team milestone, an upset victory, a remarkable game or series of games, a special event or a career achievement. Nominated moments must have taken place in the local area or have involved a local athlete or team.
The LA Sports Awards are produced annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The Sports Council is a non-profit organization and will utilize the event’s proceeds to further its mission of promoting economic development through sports in Southern California.
During the festivities, the overall Top 10 moments were revealed in ranked order:
- 1.(tie) Dodgers Win NL Pennant, Advance to World Series (October 19)
- 1.(tie) Los Angeles Wins Right to Host 2028 Olympics (September 13)
- 3.USC Defeats Penn State, 52-49, in Rose Bowl Thriller (January 2)
- 4.Justin Turner’s Walk-Off Home Run in Game 2 of NLCS (October 15)
- 5.Rams’ Remarkable Turnaround Season (September 10-December 31)
- 6.Chargers Announce Move to L.A. (January 12)
- 7.Trojans Win Pac-12 Football Championship (December 1)
- 8.Team USA Wins World Baseball Classic Title (March 23)
- 9.Sprinter Allyson Felix of L.A. Becomes most decorated athlete in World Championships history (Aug. 9-13)
- 10.Ducks Teammates Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame Together (November 13)
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