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Shiffrin and Stroman Honored by USOC with Awards for March

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA celebrates on the podium for the Women's Alpine Combined competition at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, 26 February 2017. Photo: EPA/ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin and baseball’s Marcus Stroman have been named as the individual winners of the Team USA Best of March awards.

The duo enjoyed a series of stunning performances during the month, with Shiffrin bringing the skiing season to an end in style.

She secured three podium finishes at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup, while also winning the overall title for the first time in her career.

The overall classification took into account points from each of the Alpine skiing disciplines throughout the duration of the season.

Shiffrin’s month had already begun in fine fashion when she claimed her fourth slalom World Cup title in five years, just two days before her 22nd birthday.

While the skier has been awarded with the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) female honor for the month, Stroman has picked up the male prize.

U.S. pitcher Marcus Stroman holds up with his MVP trophy after the United State defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Photo: AP / Jae C. Hong

It follows the pitcher leading the American team to a first ever World Baseball Classic title, where he was named as the tournament’s most valuable player.

He completed the tournament with the lowest earned run average among all starting pitchers on the US team.

Stroman also led the team in strikeouts, as the American team moved into the final where they overcame a previously unbeaten Puerto Rico.

The 8-0 victory in the final has also resulted in the squad picking up the team award for March, which means they are one of the contenders for the end of year award.

The Team USA awards are supported by presenting partner Dow, as well as DICK’S Sporting Goods.

By Michael Pavitt

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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