Kessel Named Most Dynamic Athlete of 2013
Dec. 18, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Amanda Kessel has been chosen as the 2013 Kia Most Dynamic Athlete in USA Today's Ad Meter: Year In Sports, it was announced today as the newspaper revealed its 15 winning athletes and plays.
Kessel received 31 percent of the votes in the Kia Most Dynamic Athlete category to finish ahead of Yasiel Puig (13 percent), Colin Kaepernick (30 percent), Jon Jones (5 percent) and Johnny Manziel (20 percent).
Over 5,000 fans voted in the Ad Meter: Year in Sports to honor the best, wildest, funniest and most emotional sports moments of 2013.
Kessel was honored for recording 101 points in 38 games to lead the Gophers to their perfect 41-0-0 season and second-straight national championship last season.
USA Today Sports called Kessel's win "the upset of Year in Sports," writing, "The University of Minnesota forward, and brother of the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil, won with a late push. Kessel won the honor despite 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (the runner-up) pushing his candidacy via Facebook. This was a shocker."
USA Today Sports wrote that the idea for the first-ever Ad Meter: Year in Sports, was to make it about two things, "the way the Internet has changed the way fans look at sports and, most importantly, to have fun."
Kessel is currently training with the U.S. Women's National Team in hopes of competing for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.