The 2022 AS Sports Awards celebrated their 16th edition tonight to pay tribute to the excellence of athletes and teams.
The tennis player Rafael Nadal, the coach Carlo Ancelotti and the basketball player Rudy Fernández have been some of the winners of the newspaper.
2022 has brought high competition back to normal after two lukewarm years due to the impact of the pandemic.
It has been the year of relevant withdrawals, such as those of the karate fighter Sandra Sánchez and the cyclist Alejandro Valverde, winners of the night.
The women's soccer teams improve year after year and the basketball and water polo teams have reaped numerous successes in 2022. In total, the newspaper AS awarded 19 prizes at a gala in which the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the snowboarder Queralt, were found to be missing Castellet and the women's water polo team,
The appointment was held at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid with Susana Guasch as presenter.
The evening began with statements by the director of AS, Vicente Jiménez: "I would like this year's celebration to be one of normality."
He referred to Nadal, who finished the year as number two, Alcaraz, as number one, talked about the League and the Champions League for Real Madrid, the gold and silver medals in basketball, the water polo world cup, the successes of the national teams women's football, Alexia Putellas' Ballon d'Or, motorcycling, snow, canoeing, athletics, Futsal and Formula 1.
“What a normality, you will say.
Well yes, the normality of Spanish sport”, said Jiménez.
The first to collect his AS Award was "a quiet man", as Guasch introduced.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti's 2022 has been full of success.
The Real Madrid coach has won the Champions League, the League, the European Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup this year.
No, I feel comfortable at Madrid, ”said the coach, who explained Courtois's absence due to fever and, after dedicating a few words to him for his good season, collected two awards: his and the goalkeeper's.
The basket coach Pablo Laso also collected his awards, who spoke about his profession: "A coach is always, you carry it inside".
The canoeist Carlos Arévalo assured that he continued dreaming of the Paris games, while the Spanish cyclist with the most world titles, Ricardo Ten, took the Paralympic prize and spoke of sport as a way of life.
The snowboarder Queralt Castellet and the women's water polo team sent videos of thanks, and the Promesa AS del Deporte award was dedicated to the U-17, U-19 and U-20 women's football teams for their brilliant promotions.
"The golden girls," said the presenter.
Then it was the turn of the basketball team, the athletes Asier Martinez and Miguel Ángel López, the motorcyclist Álvaro Bautista and the soccer player Borja Iglesias, among others.
The event was attended by the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, prominent figures from the world of sports, such as the president of Atlético de Madrid, Enrique Cerezo, the former national soccer coach Vicente del Bosque, the director of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén , and athletes like Olympic medalist Ray Zapata.
The president of PRISA, Joseph Oughourlian, was also present;
which awarded the last of the prizes at a gala that was sponsored by Santander, Hyundai, LaLiga, Iberdrola, Movistar and YoPro from Danone.
The finishing touch was put by the tennis player Rafael Nadal, already a regular at the AS Sports Awards and who was presented as the "ace of aces".
He said that he already sees the Australian Open just around the corner and acknowledged continuing with the illusion of being active enjoying the opportunity to continue competing.
"Great athletes never die," the presenter snapped.
He laughed: "The later the better."
All the As Sports Awards 2022
AS Sport Award
AS Sport Award
Thibaut Courtois (soccer)
Rafael Nadal (tennis)
Carlo Ancelotti (soccer)
Carlos Arévalo (canoeing)
Pablo Laso (basketball)
water polo teams
Álvaro Bautista (motorcycling)
Rudy Fernandez (basketball)
Asier Martínez (athletics)
Miguel Ángel López (athletics)
Queralt Castellet (snowboard)
Ricardo Ten (cycling)
Women's soccer teams
Borja Iglesias (soccer)
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Alejandro Valverde (cycling)
Sandra Sanchez (karate)
Andres Guardado (soccer)
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