In 2008, Michael Phelps and Natalie du Toit were selected as America's and South Africa's Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.
Because of the earliest England-to-France channel crossing in history in 17 hours and 16 minutes in ~59°F water, Christian Hübner. was nominated for his hometown's Sportsman of the Year award - Bamberg, a town in Bavaria, Germany.
Online voting for Christian is conducted until February 22nd at here.
For those who do not speak German, click here and click on the yellow star below Christian's photo.