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Thursday, Dec 23, 2010

GSP Wins Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year for a Third Time

By FCF Staff
Just days removed from his dominant, unanimous decision win over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has been named Sportnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row. According to the Canadian sports television network, St. Pierre edged out National Hockey League superstar Sydney Crosby in the online fan voting, which determines each year’s winner.

“Winning the Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year award for the third time means a lot to me,” St-Pierre was quoted saying on the official Sportsnet site. “This year there were a lot of nominees that I really respect, so I am honoured that the fans chose me. Thanks to all my fans for their support.”

St. Pierre competed twice in 2010, scoring a UD win over Dan Hardy in March, before defeating his long time rival and fellow “Ultimate Fighter” coach Koscheck earlier this month. The 29 year-old Montreal resident has won eight straight bouts.

Some of the other Canadian athletes St. Pierre surpassed in voting included baseball’s National League MVP winner Joey Votto and the NHL’s Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Toews.

With the win, St. Pierre moves ahead of basketball star Steve Nash in consecutive Canadian Athlete of the Year victories, who was awarded the Sportsnet honor in 2005 and 2006.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 7:01 pm
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