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Olympics add to finalists' luster

An Olympic year adds even more luster to the shining credentials of the Oregon Sports Awards finalists for the year 2012.

All six remaining candidates for the Harry Glickman Pro Athlete of the Year awards competed in the London Olympics.

The Oregon Sports Awards, presented annually, return to Nike’s Tiger Woods Center on Sunday, Feb. 10. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett will emcee the 90-minute stage show, with selected sports celebrities helping to hand out the hardware.

The male finalists for the pro athlete award are: Ashton Eaton, Olympic decathlon champion who set world records in both the 10-eventer and the heptathon in 2012; Galen Rupp, the Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters, the first U.S. runner to medal in that event since 1964 and the seventh-place finisher in the Olympic 5,000; and Kevin Love, who won a gold medal with the U.S. basketball team and was an NBA All-Star with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The female Glickman Award finalists are: Shalane Flanagan, who was 10th in the Olympic marathon; and soccer stars Megan Rapinoe (gold medalist with the U.S.) and Christine Sinclair (silver medal winner with Canada). Both Rapinoe and Sinclair were finalists for world player of the year.

Rapinoe won the Glickman Award last year, when the men’s trophy went to Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox.

Sinclair is seeking her fourth Oregon Sports Awards top honor. She won the Glickman Award in 2006, after taking the Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year Award in 2002 and 2005 for leading the University of Portland to NCAA women’s soccer titles.

Eaton was the Hayward winner two years ago, when he won the NCAA decathlon for the Oregon Ducks and placed second in the U.S. championships.

Love and Rupp also have been prominent at recent Oregon Sports Awards events. Love captured the Hayward Award in 2008 and claimed Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year honors in 2005 (with co-winner Joey Wong of Sprague High), 2006 and 2007 during his time at Lake Oswego High. Rupp was the Carpenter Award winner in 2004 for his performances while at Central Catholic. He also claimed the 2003 Nike-Steve Prefontaine Award as the top distance runner in the state.

This will be the 61st Oregon Sports Awards, which began in 1948 as the Hayward Banquet of Champions.

Voting is done statewide by both an expert panel and online. Go to oregonsportsawards.com by Feb. 8 to cast your ballot.

Tickets to the Oregon Sports Awards are $50 each. To order or for more information, contact Chelsea Corrado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-869-7289.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., for a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Coffee and desserts will be served after the show.