TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 28:  IOC President Thomas Bach and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg congratulate the Inspiring Hope through Sport of PyeongChang 2018 award winners Unified Korea of Park Jong-ah of South Korea and Kim Un Hyang of North Korea during the ANOC Awards on day one of the XXIII ANOC General Assembly Tokyo 2018 on November 28, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) – DNA

Wednesday 28th November, Tokyo: The spectacular ANOC Awards 2018 took place at the Prince Hotel New Takanawa tonight, as the world gathered to celebrate and recognise some of the biggest names in winter sport.

Athletes that lit up the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games were honoured in-person at the ceremony alongside some of the most iconic winter Olympians of all time. There were also awards for the most successful NOC of the Games and the Inspiring Hope through Sport award, which was given to the Unified Korean women’s ice hockey team for its historic collaboration at PyeongChang 2018.  Athletes from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea were in attendance to accept the award that was presented in recognition of the message of peace their team sent out to the world.

The ANOC Awards winners for 2018 are:
•Best Female Athlete of PyeongChang 2018: Arianna Fontana (speed-skating, Italy)

•Best Male Athlete of PyeongChang 2018: Shaun White (snowboarding, USA)

•Best Female Team of PyeongChang 2018: Sweden Curling Team

•Best Male Team of PyeongChang 2018: USA Curling Team

•Most Successful NOC of PyeongChang 2018: Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports

•Inspiring Hope through Sport Award: Unified Korean Ice Hockey Team

•Outstanding Performance: Yuna Kim (figure skating, South Korea)

•Outstanding Athlete: Bjørn Dæhlie (cross country skiing, Norway)

•Contribution to the Olympic Movement: Mario Pescante, IOC Member from Italy

Representatives from 206 NOCs and stakeholders throughout Olympic Movement attended the fantastic fifth edition of the event which was a truly global celebration of sport. Athletes, NOCs and International Federations were actively engaged in the ANOC Awards across all social media platforms throughout the evening, as the event once again illustrated the power of sport to unite different nations and cultures.

The ANOC Awards was created to thank NOCs and their athletes for their dedication to the Olympic Movement and during the ceremony Diplomas were also presented to the breakthrough NOCs that competed in a Winter Games for the first time at PyeongChang 2018.

ANOC Diplomas for Breakthrough NOCs:
•Ecuador Olympic Committee

•Eritrean National Olympic Committee

•Kosovo Olympic Committee

•Olympic Council of Malaysia

•Nigeria Olympic Committee

•Singapore National Olympic Committee

The event was streamed live on the ANOC YouTube Channel, enabling the entire sporting world to enjoy the breath-taking combination of sport and culture on show.

The winners of each award were selected by the ANOC Jury, comprised of representatives from each of the Continental Associations, the ANOC Athletes’ Commission Chair, AIOWF President and ANOC Secretary General.

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