Short track speedskater Katherine Reutter, alpine skier Ted Ligety and USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming bobsled team honored by U.S. Olympic Committee for outstanding performances in February
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Short track speedskater Katherine Reutter, alpine skier Ted Ligety and USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming bobsled team honored by U.S. Olympic Committee for outstanding performances in February
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced short track speedskater Katherine Reutter and Alpine skier Ted Ligety as its February Athletes of the Month, while the bobsled duo, USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, was awarded Team of the Month honors.
 
In closing the 2010-11 ISU World Cup season on Feb. 20, Reutter (Champaign, Ill.) won the overall 2010-11 World Cup championship title in the 1000m and 1500m distances, as well as finished the season ranked No. 1 overall in World Cup standings at the World Cup Final in Dresden, Germany. Reutter is the first U.S. woman to win a short track World Cup season title. Reutter also joined her teammates as part of the U.S. Ladies Relay Team and raced to gold at the World Cup Final with a time of 4:12.939, ahead of Korea in second at 4:13.037.
 
In addition, at the Moscow World Cup on Feb. 12, Reutter won gold in the ladies’ 1500m with a time of 2:23.535. The next day, Reutter skated to her second gold of the weekend in the 1000m, posting a time of 1:32.076.
 
Ligety (Park City, Utah) continued his successful season with a gold medal in the giant slalom at the FIS World Ski Championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Feb. 18. Having already won three World Cups this season, Ligety also added a fourth-place finish in the super combined to his 2011 resume on Feb. 26 in Bansko, Bulgaria.
 
The bobsled duo, Rohbock (Park City, Utah) and Fleming (Park City, Utah), has been hailed as one of the world’s most elite women’s bobsled teams in history. The pair proved once again they are among the best after claiming the World Championship silver medal in Königssee, Germany, on Feb. 19.
 
USA I was just 0.22 seconds from victory in their final competition after sliding a four-run total of 3:26.33.  Rohbock made a career-ending statement by posting the fastest time of the second day, 51.60 seconds, in the final heat.  The pair finished the World Cup season earlier in the month ranked fourth overall.
 
Rohbock and Fleming have claimed more than 20 World Cup medals and three World Championship trophies in addition to a 2006 Olympic silver medal over their eight-year career.
 
Each National Governing Body may nominate up to but no more than one female, one male and one team per discipline. The winners are then voted on from that pool of nominees. 
Finishing in second place in this month's female category was fencer Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) who began the 2011 season with two international medals in February. On Feb. 12, Zagunis won six straight bouts to earn gold at the Orleans Grand Prix, including a 15-5 victory in the semifinals over two-time World medalist Sophia Valilkai of Russia. On Feb. 26, Zagunis added a second podium finish to her record for the year with a bronze medal win at the London World Cup. The two medals helped secure Zagunis' position as the No. 1-ranked women's saber fencer in the world.
 
University of Wisconsin women’s hockey senior captain Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) finished third in the voting. Duggan led the Badgers to a perfect 8-0-0 record in February, a No. 1 national ranking throughout the month, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship and a trip to the WCHA Final Face-Off. Totaling 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in those eight games (2.75 points per game average), she helped extend the team's unbeaten streak to 22 games, while ending the month on her own six-game point streak. During the month, she broke the Wisconsin all-time scoring record and now ranks seventh in NCAA history with 230 career points. Also, she is the seventh player all-time and first for Wisconsin to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. For her efforts, Duggan was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16 and was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.
 
Finishing a close second for the men was Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) as he set a new world record in the indoor heptathlon with 6,568 points at the International Indoor Combined Events Meet on Feb. 6. Eaton’s performance easily bettered his previous world record of 6,499 points set at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships, March 12-13, 2010, in Fayetteville, Ark. En route to the record, Eaton also set a combined events indoor world record of 7.6 seconds, which added 1,085 points to his total. He also matched his personal best by clearing 5.20m/17-0.75 in the pole vault for 972 points before concluding his world record effort with his right fist raised over the final 30 meters of the 1,000m run that he completed in 2:34.74 (933 points).
 
In third was short track speedskater Simon Cho (Laurel, Md.). On Feb. 13, the Olympic bronze medalist won his first individual World Cup gold medal in the 500m, posting a time of 42.157. The win put Cho in the overall lead in the 500m World Cup standings. On Feb. 19, Cho won silver in the 500m at the World Cup final in Dresden, Germany with a time of 41.255. The next day, Cho won a gold medal in the weekend’s second 500m race with a time of 41.070. The win marked his second season - and career - gold medal in the 500m. Cho’s win secured his overall World Cup championship title in the 500m, a first for Cho.
 
Coming in right behind the USA I bobsled twosome in the team category was the figure skating duo of Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). Davis and White celebrated their fifth gold medal in as many events this season at the 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held Feb. 17-20 in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. The title was their second at this event (2009).
 
Following their gold-medal performances at three Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series events, including the Grand Prix Final, and their third consecutive U.S. title, Davis and White sat in second place before skating their Tango-themed free dance. The duo set season-high scores in both the free dance (103.02) and total score (172.03). The 2010 Olympic and World silver medalists look to reach their goal of becoming World champions at March’s World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo.
 
In third place in the team category was the luge duo of Jake Hyrns (Muskegon, Mich.) and Andrew Sherk (Fort Washington, Pa.). They grabbed the overall Junior World Cup title in doubles, the first time a U.S. sled has taken the junior title since Matt Mortensen and Garron Thorne in 2005. The duo won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the five-event season.
The winners were selected by a voting panel. Online fan voting via the Twitter poll accounts for 10 percent of the total vote.
 
FEMALE
1.         Katherine Reutter, Short Track Speedskating
2.         Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
3.         Meghan Duggan, Ice Hockey
 
MALE
1.         Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
2.         Ashton Eaton, Track & Field
3.         Simon Cho, Short Track Speedskating
 
TEAM
1.         USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, Bobsled
2.         Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Figure Skating
3.         Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk, Luge
 
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