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Walker's Pace: Gardner Nominated for May Athlete of the Month

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sprinter English Gardner has been nominated for the United States Sports Academy's May Athlete of the Month award for her U.S. junior world record in the 100 meters and for winning the Pac-10 title in 11.03 seconds.

She broke the Pac-10 meet record held by UCLA's Gail Devers and the U.S. Junior record held by USC's Angela Williams.

Every month, the United States Sports Academy conducts online balloting to select the Male and Female Athlete of the Month award.

Voting for the May Athletes of the Month begins today. The live online worldwide voting is open to the public and runs through Tuesday, June 14.

To check out this month's male and female nominees, can go to their homepage - top center - www.ussa.edu or you can go directly to it at http://ussa.edu/ballots/athlete-of-the-month.

The winners will be considered as a candidate for the 2011 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2011, the Academy will name the Male and Female Athlete of the Year for the 27th consecutive year.  The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected annually through worldwide balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.

In 2010, the Male Athlete of the Year was Spain's star football (soccer) player David Villa and the Female Athlete of the Year was South Korea's No. 1 figure skater Yuna Kim. Both of these individuals dominated 2010's ballot, receiving more than 12 votes per second from across the world.

Athlete of the Month winners will be announced on the Academy's website and in the online edition of The Sport Update during the second week of every month.

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