The second edition of the Monaco World Sports Legends Award, the Oscars of Sport, took place with a media day on Friday, December 1, followed by the Award Ceremony with Gala Dinner-Show and Red Carpet on Saturday, December 2, held in the Salle D’Or of the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
The World Sports Legends Award is awarded to men and women, sporting champions both active and retired, who have gained distinction not only for their sporting exploits but also for the examples they set which are an inspiration for new generations.
The 2017 award winners were an international mix including Monaco resident Michael Doohan (Australia – 5 times MotoGP World Champion) ; Jacky Ickx (Belgium – 6 times winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1-time winner Paris-Dakar, 2 times Vice-World Champion of Formula 1) ; Josefa Idem, (Italy – Canoe Racing, Olympic Champion, 5 times World Champion, 8 times European Champion); Michèle Mouton (France – 1-time Vice-World Champion of Rallye, President of the FIA’s Women & Motor Sport Commission, FIA’s Manager in the World Rally Championship, Co-founder of the international motorsport event Race of Champions) and Armin Zöggeler (Italy – Luge, 2 Times Olympic Champion, 6 times World Champion, 4 times European Champion and 10 World Cups).
These Sporting Legends join last year’s winners: Giacomo Agostini, Mika Hakkinen, Carl Fogarty, Pernilla Wiberg, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Tia Hellebaut, Jhong Uhk Kim, Sir Anthony McCoy., while “Best Values Award” went to Victor Tello.
The event was presented in five languages by the international ballet star Lorena Baricalla, Ambassadress and Master of Ceremonies.
Among the many special Red Carpet appearances by sport champions was the Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, 2017 Formula2 world champion, who on the same day was officially confirmed as a racing driver of the Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula1 team – a special announcement that was made on stage during the WSLA in Monte Carlo following the official confirmation that same morning in Milan.