List of AP Female Athletes of the Year: 1931-2013

Following is a list of athletes who have won the AP Female Athlete of the Year award. The Associated Press has given out the award annually since 1931.

1931 – Helene Madison – Swimming
1932 – Babe Didrikson – Track and field
1933 – Helen Jacobs – Tennis
1934 – Virginia Van Wie – Golf
1935 – Helen Wills Moody – Tennis
1936 – Helen Stephens – Track and field
1937 – Katherine Rawls – Swimming
1938 – Patty Berg – Golf
1939 – Alice Marble – Tennis
1940 – Alice Marble – Tennis
1941 – Betty Hicks Newell – Golf
1942 – Gloria Callen – Swimming
1943 – Patty Berg – Golf
1944 – Ann Curtis – Swimming
1945 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias – Golf
1946 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias – Golf
1947 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias – Golf
1948 – Fanny Blankers-Koen – Track and field
1949 – Marlene Bauer – Golf
1950 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias – LPGA golf
1951 – Maureen Connolly – Tennis
1952 – Maureen Connolly – Tennis
1953 – Maureen Connolly – Tennis
1954 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias – LPGA golf
1955 – Patty Berg – LPGA golf
1956 – Pat McCormick – Diving
1957 – Althea Gibson – Tennis
1958 – Althea Gibson – Tennis
1959 – Maria Bueno – Tennis
1960 – Wilma Rudolph – Track and field
1961 – Wilma Rudolph – Track and field
1962 – Dawn Fraser – Swimming
1963 – Mickey Wright – LPGA golf
1964 – Mickey Wright – LPGA golf
1965 – Kathy Whitworth – LPGA golf
1966 – Kathy Whitworth – LPGA golf
1967 – Billie Jean King – Tennis
1968 – Peggy Fleming – Figure skating
1969 – Debbie Meyer – Swimming
1970 – Chi Cheng – Track and field
1971 – Evonne Goolagong – Tennis
1972 – Olga Korbut – Gymnastics
1973 – Billie Jean King – Tennis
1974 – Chris Evert – Tennis
1975 – Chris Evert – Tennis
1976 – Nadia Comăneci – Gymnastics
1977 – Chris Evert – Tennis
1978 – Nancy Lopez – LPGA golf
1979 – Tracy Austin – Tennis
1980 – Chris Evert – Tennis
1981 – Tracy Austin – Tennis
1982 – Mary Decker – Track and field
1983 – Martina Navratilova – Tennis
1984 – Mary Lou Retton – Gymnastics
1985 – Nancy Lopez – LPGA golf
1986 – Martina Navratilova – Tennis
1987 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Track and field
1988 – Florence Griffith Joyner – Track and field
1989 – Steffi Graf – Tennis
1990 – Beth Daniel – LPGA golf
1991 – Monica Seles – Tennis
1992 – Monica Seles – Tennis
1993 – Sheryl Swoopes – College basketball
1994 – Bonnie Blair – Speed skating
1995 – Rebecca Lobo – College basketball
1996 – Amy Van Dyken – Swimming
1997 – Martina Hingis – Tennis
1998 – Se Ri Pak – LPGA golf
1999 – U.S. women’s soccer team – Soccer
2000 – Marion Jones – Track and field
2001 – Jennifer Capriati – Tennis
2002 – Serena Williams – Tennis
2003 – Annika Sörenstam – LPGA golf
2004 – Annika Sörenstam – LPGA golf
2005 – Annika Sörenstam – LPGA golf
2006 – Lorena Ochoa – LPGA golf
2007 – Lorena Ochoa – LPGA golf
2008 – Candace Parker – WNBA
2009 – Serena Williams – Tennis
2010 – Lindsey Vonn – Skiing
2011 – Abby Wambach – Soccer
2012 – Gabby Douglas – Gymnastics
2013 – Serena Williams – Tennis

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