|The first Athlete of the Year award in the United States was initiated by the Associated Press in 1931. At a time when women in sports were not given the same recognition as men, the AP offered a male and a female athlete of the year award to either a professional or amateur athlete. The awards are voted on annually by a panel of AP sports editors from across the United States. A large majority of the winners have been Americans. However, non-Americans are also eligible for the honor, and have won on a few occasions.|
Check all the Awards, Winners and Nominations for the Associated Press Athlete of the Year since 1931.