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Source: DOSBTriple winner Bayern Munich is the best team in 2020. NHL professional Leon Draisaitl and long jumper Malaika Mihambo were honored as athletes of the year at a gala. Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Malaika Mihambo looked at the coronation after this special year in the almost deserted Benazetsaal, Leon Draisaitl beamed on an oversized screen. Germany’s best athletes were denied the very large setting in the Kurhaus Baden-Baden, but the winners received the award for their achievements in the Corona year 2020 at a gala that was all about the pandemic, the triple winners from Bayern Munich were honored as the best team, ice hockey superstar Draisaitl, who thanked him virtually from Edmonton, and exceptional long jumper Mihambo as athlete and sportswoman of the year. In basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki, biathlete Magdalena Neuner and the beach volleyball duo Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, Germany’s sporting legends of the decade were honored for the first time. The team headed by coach Hansi Flick had left the voting German sport journalist with little choice. The star ensemble around the newly crowned world footballer Robert Lewandowski literally played the stars of the sky this year, secured the second triple in the club’s history and delighted the whole world of football. “What a year we played. I hope we will continue to play like this in the new year, ”said Lewandowski after the win (2-1) at the Bundesliga summit at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening, which brought the record champions back to the top of the table just in time for Christmas. “The year 2020 was extraordinary for us,” said Rummenigge after the award: “It ended wonderfully. I’ve become an even bigger fan of this team. ”To top it off, Rummenigge, Hasan Salihamidzic and Niklas Süle accepted their congratulations for a perfect sporting year. With a clear lead over the French Open winners Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies (1126 points) and the bobsleigh team around Francesco Friedrich (839), the Munich team (1763) won the election for Team of the Year for the fourth time after 1967, 2001 and 2013 succeed the ski jumping men. Draisaitl was the best among the best ice hockey players in the world. In the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers striker played the season of his life: with 43 goals and 67 assists, he eclipsed the superstars – and was deservedly awarded the trophy for Most Valuable Player (MVP). His lifelong dream of winning the Stanley Cup remained unmatched, but the personal award in the USA was “a huge thing,” said the Cologne native, touched: “It’s a great honor for me.” The award in his home country for the best individual athlete of the year, which he was the first ever ice hockey player to receive, crowns an almost perfect year of sports for him. “I am very, very proud. We have so many brilliant athletes in Germany. It’s very special to be at the top, ”he said. With 1768 points and a huge lead, the successor of decathlon world champion Niklas Kaul won the election ahead of javelin thrower Johannes Vetter (649) and three-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno (517). For the long jump world champion Mihambo, however, the year went very differently than expected: Due to the postponed hunt for Olympic gold, the big favorite has to wait a few months until her dream can be fulfilled. In addition, the planned training with nine-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis has so far fallen victim to the corona pandemic. And yet the 26-year-old from Heidelberg was in top form again this year: World annual best of 7.03 meters – from a shortened attempt. As in the previous year, Mihambo (898 points) impressed the world of sports and narrowly beat British Open winner Sophia Popov (781) and three-time track cycling world champion Emma Hinze (746). “That was not to be expected,” said Mihambo. She won the prestigious award in 2019 (Source: SID)
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