Golden Goggle Awards Nominees
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – California men's swimming & diving alumni Ryan Murphy and Tom Shields are nominees for three USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards following standout performances at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Murphy, a two-time Olympian, is one of four nominees for Male Athlete of the Year after adding three Olympic medals – one gold, one silver, one bronze – to his resume in Tokyo. The 2017 Cal graduate is also up for the Relay Performance of the Year after helping Team USA set the men's 4x100m medley relay world record (3:26.78). Murphy was also the U.S. Olympic Trials champion in both the 100m and 200m backstroke.
Shields, another two-time Olympian, is one of three nominees for the Perseverance Award. In the few years prior to the 2020 Olympics, Shields sought help from a mental health professional after attempting suicide. He has since become a mental health advocate and resource for others, and went on to help Team USA win Olympic gold as part of the 4x100m medley relay, swimming the 100m butterfly during preliminaries.
Golden Goggle Awards nominations are based on the year's top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2020 Olympic Games, where Americans topped the medal table in Tokyo with 30 total medals (11 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.) The United States' top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories. Full bios are included on the online ballot and fan voting is now open through 18. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot.
The 18th-annual Golden Goggle Awards set for Tuesday, December 7 at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The host of the event will be renowned NBC sports personality and commentator Mike Tirico, who led the network's coverage of this summer's Olympic Games.
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