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Laureus World Sports Awards shortlist Stoner for individual prize

Laureus World Sports Awards shortlist Stoner for individual prize

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is amongst the elite competitors shortlisted for a prize at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, which takes place on February 18th in St. Petersburg, Russia.

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is amongst the elite competitors shortlisted for a prize at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, which takes place on February 18th in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The premier global sports awards ceremony annually recognises those sportsmen who have been at the forefront of their respective fields over the period of February 1st to December 31st, and give particular kudos due to the unique judging system.

A Selection Panel of sports editors, writers and broadcasters will narrow the list down to six names, with Ducati Marlboro rider Stoner joining the likes of tennis star Roger Federer –winner of the last three Laureus World Sports Awards- Brazilian football star and FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka, and American 100m and 200m Athletics World Champion Tyson Gay on the initial ballot form. Motorsport is strongly represented this year, with Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikonnen, Touring Car star Andy Priaulx and WRC legend Sebastian Loeb also in the running.

Stoner's achievements last season form a resumé of credentials that make him a strong contender to make it through to the final six. The second youngest winner of the MotoGP World Championship in only his sophomore season, the Australian brought home both individual and team honours courtesy of ten race wins in a dominant display of talent.

Once the six name final shortlist has been created, the winner of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year prize will be chosen via a secret ballot taken by the Laureus World Sports Academy –a group of 43 legendary athletes that includes MotoGP Legend Giacomo Agostini, widely regarded as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

Taking place in St. Petersburg's New Marjinsky Theatre, the Laureus World Sports Awards will be broadcast to 180 countries and attended by some of the star names in professional sports.

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MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner

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