The hits just keep on comin’ for Georges St-Pierre. Less than two weeks removed from doing THIS to Josh Koscheck’s eye at UFC 124, the Octagon’s reigning welterweight king captured his third straight Canadian Athlete of the Year award.
“Winning the Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year award for the third time means a lot to me,” St-Pierre told Sportsnet.ca. “This year there were a lot of nominees that I really respect, so I am honored that the fans chose me. Thanks to all my fans for their support.”
Although GSP only competed twice in 2010, voters felt his runaway unanimous decision victories over Dan Hardy and Koscheck were enough to complete the trifecta.
Sixteen of Canada’s best athletes were filtered down to St-Pierre and Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby. Despite helping the Canadian Olympic Hockey team earn gold in Vancouver, GSP proved once again he still rules the nation up north.
St-Pierre had taken out Maelle Ricker, Joey Votto and Jonatan Toews, respectively, to advance to the finals against “Sid the Kid.”
“The format of the voting process was changed over previous years and GSP had the most difficult path to winning, but it didn’t matter, he was still able to win,” said Rogers Sportsnet executive producer Nelson Millman. “[UFC president] Dana White claims GSP is now more popular world wide than Wayne Gretzky, and once again MMA fans showed their passion and loyalty to one of their champions.”
Last year, St-Pierre joined Steve Nash as the only back-to-back winners of the Sportsnet award. The Phoenix Suns’ guard donned the crown in 2005 and 2006.
As long as the planet’s nastiest 170-pounder continues to stockpile landslide wins, it’s likely a 4-Peat is only 12 months away.