American swimmer Michael Phelps has been recognised by the US Olympic Committee (USOC)’s best of July honors. The awards, which are given to 1 male, one female, and one team under the US Olympic Committee (USOC)’s umbrella of Olympic and Paralympic sports, are in effect the “Athlete of the Month” honors, tho’ they’re not formally framed that manner.
Phelps became the first Yankee male swimmer to qualify for a fifth Olympic Games with 3 wins at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska. Phelps won the two-hundred-meter butterfly and 200 individual medley at the Olympic trials for the fourth consecutive time, while conjointly claiming his third straight one hundred butterfly win. He has a record sixteen career victories at Olympic trials.
Phelps earned the honour after turning into the first Yankee male swimmer to qualify for a fifth Olympic Games when he won the one hundred fly, 200 fly, and two hundred IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. That pushed his Olympic Trials event to win total up to sixteen for his career – more than any other swimmer in history.
Honorees are elect from a 50/50 split of votes by NGB representatives and choose members of the media; and from a follower vote. Michael Phelps and also the female award winner, gymnast Simone Biles, will each head to Rio 2016 Olympic to start competition at the 2016 Olympic Games. Biles was honoured for the second-straight month as a result of clinching the all-around title at the 2016 Olympic Gymnastic Trials in San Jose, California.
A month when the Olympians finish the competition in Rio, the Paralympians begin, and it had been the U.S. Women’s wheelchair basketball team that earned the team honor for July. They won the Women’s World Super Cup in Frankfurt, Germany within the last month, including beating the defending Olympic gold (Germany) and bronze (Netherlands) medalists.