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The Sullivan Award honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2013, so Boudia and Ledecky’s Olympic successes shouldn’t factor in.
They did, however, perform well at the 2013 World Championships. Boudia won silver in the platform, and Ledecky won four gold medals and was named the female swimmer of the meet in Barcelona.
Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 13 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin last year.
Public voting here through March 23 will account for one-third of an athlete’s overall score to determine the winner.