ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn and Spain's World Cup team were honored Monday at the Laureus World Sports Award Ceremony in Dubai.
Nadal won his second Laureus Award as the Sportsman of the Year after winning three Grand Slam events. He also won in 2006.
Vonn took the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year honor after a 2010 season in which she won an Olympic gold medal in the downhill and recorded her third consecutive World Cup championship.
The Spanish soccer team won the FIFA World Cup last summer in South Africa, a feat that earned it the World Team of the Year award.
Other awards handed out Monday included Breakthrough of the Year to German golfer Martin Kaymer, Comeback of the Year to Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi, Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability to blind German skier Verena Bentele and Action Sportsperson of the Year to American surfer Kelly Slater.
Also given out Monday were the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award to French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, the Spirit of Sport Award to the European Ryder Cup Team and the Sport for Good Award to May el-Khalil, founder of the Beirut Marathon.
The Laureus World Sports Awards are determined by a vote of the Laureus World Sports Academy of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.