Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando won the Pro Male Athlete of the Year and Highlight of the Year awards at the 2013 Governor’s State of Sport Awards on Tuesday.
Rimando was awarded Highlight of the Year for his performance against Seattle Sounders FC during the first leg of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals. During the game, Rimando made several spectacular saves and stayed in the game despite suffering a broken nose in the second half.
Rimando beat out 2013 NFL Super Bowl winners Haloti Ngata and Paul Kruger, 2012 NHL Stanley Cup winner Trevor Lewis, PGA Tour pro Daniel Summerhays and PRCA Rodeo champion Jesse Wright for the Athlete of the Year award. Rimando was the only nominee to play for a Utah-based team. The other nominees are originally from Utah.
“I’d like to thank Real Salt Lake, first and foremost, as well as all the fans of RSL, and most importantly, my family, especially my wife Jacqui, for her support throughout my career,” Rimando said. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized today and included in categories full of such accomplished professional athletes and amazing highlights. I’m honored to call Utah home, and I want everyone to know that this would never be possible without my teammates.”
Tennis player Andre Agassi delivered the keynote speech during the second annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards Luncheon, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert presented the awards. Nine awards were given with winners having been chosen through an online vote.