Figure skater Jeremy Abbott, tennis player Serena Williams and the Women’s National Under-18 Hockey Team were named Tuesday as Athletes and Team of the Month for January by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Abbott won the U.S. Figure Skating Championship by beating, among others, two-time champ Evan Lysacek and three-time winner Johnny Weir. At 23, Abbott is the oldest first-time national champion since Rudy Galindo in 1996. The win also give Abbott a spot in next month’s World Championships.
Williams swept the singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, going 10-1 for the month. She won the Aussie singles title by defeating Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3, a day after teaming with sister Venus to take the doubles crown. Serena, regaining the No. 1 singles ranking, now has 10 major singles titles and eight majors in doubles.
The under-18 hockey squad won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s U18 Championship for the second year in a row. Team USA finished 5-0, outscoring opponents 58-4. Included was an 18-0 semifinals victory over the Czech Republic, followed by a 3-2 overtime victory of Canada in the finals. Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), who scored the game winner against Canada, led tournament goal-scorers with eight.
Her teammates: Brittany Ammerman of New Jersey; Blake Bolden of Ohio; Corinne Boyles and Megan Bozek of Illinois; Kate Brock, Jillian Dempsey and Jackie Young of Massachusetts; Caroline Campbell of Missouri; Brianna Decker, Alex Kelter, Jamie Kenyon, Amanda Kessel and Alex Rigsby of Wisconsin; Lindsey Fry of Arizona; Alex Nelson of Minnesota; Meagan Mangene of New York; Amanda Pelkey of Vermont, and Madison Packer and Taylor Wasylk of Michigan.
Men — 1. Jeremy Abbott, figure skating; 2. Steve Mocco, wrestling; 3. Tyler Walker, Paralympic skiing.
Women — 1. Serena Williams, tennis; 2. Lindsey Vonn, Alpine skiing; 3. Alissa Czisny, figure skating.
Team — 1. U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Hockey Team; 2. Bob/Mike Bryan, tennis; 3. Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker, figure skating