Ross, Griskenas finalists for AAU Sullivan Award

By Patricia Duffy | March 23, 2020
AAU Sullivan Award finalists

Two of the nation’s best gymnasts are finalists for the 2020 AAU Sullivan award.

UCLA’s Kyla Ross and USA Rhythmic’s Evita Griskenas are two of 10 finalists for the award, which is presented to the nation’s top amateur athlete.

UCLA senior Ross was a member of the famed Fierce Five that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics. She is a five-time World medalist, five-time NCAA champion, and has 22 perfect 10s to her name.

Griskenas is one of the top U.S. rhythmic gymnasts. She is a 14-time U.S. medalist and has competed in seven World finals at the past three World Championships.

U.S. National Team member Jade Carey and Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols were also semi-finalists for the award.

The AAU James E. Sullivan Award has been given out since 1930 to the nation’s best amateur athlete. Only one finalist will join the illustrious list of previous winners which include: Bobby Jones (1930), Doc Blanchard (1945), Wilma Rudolph (1961), Bill Bradley (1965), Mark Spitz (1970), Bill Walton (1973), Bruce Jenner (1976), Carl Lewis (1981), Joan Benoit (1985), Janet Evans (1989), Peyton Manning (1997), Michael Phelps (2003), Tim Tebow (2007), Shawn Johnson (2008), Missy Franklin (2012), and the Ohio State University running back Ezekiel Elliott (2014) and the first volleyball player to win the award, Lauren Carlini (2016) plus an illustrious group of past winners. (Source:

The public can vote once per day until March 30. The 90th annual AAU Sullivan Award will be presented at the New York Athletic Club on April 21, 2020.

Click here to vote for the 2020 AAU Sullivan Award.