ZURICH/NEW YORK – Swiss national team goalkeeper Florence Schelling is among the nominees for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award.
The 25-year-old is one of ten athletes nominated in the category team sports. She is the only hockey player and one of only two Europeans nominated. Click here to vote for the Sportswoman of the Year.
Schelling backstopped the Swiss women’s national team to bronze in the women’s ice hockey tournament of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and was voted Most Valuable Player and to the All-Star Team by the media and as Best Goalkeeper by the tournament directorate.
The Swiss women’s national team won its first-ever Olympic medal in a 4-3 win against Sweden after a historically tight loss to eventual Olympic champion Canada, 3-1, in the semi-finals also thanks to Schelling’s heroics in the net.
Schelling was also Best Goalkeeper and on the All-Star Team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship when Switzerland won the bronze medals as well.
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The Sportswoman of the Year award is given since 1993 and Jessie Vetter in 2009 has been the only hockey player who has won it so far. Last year’s winners were Candace Parker (basketball) among team athletes and Missy Franklin (swimming) among individual athletes.