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Spain, the United States and Germany were the big winners at the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Spain's world tennis No 1 Rafael Nadal was acclaimed Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after winning at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open events. American Kelly Slater was presented with the Laureus Action Sports Award for the third time, after winning the tenth World Surfing Championship. Lindsey Vonn made it an American double by winning the Laureus World Sportswoman Award after securing her third straight skiing World Cup and the Olympic Downhill gold medal. German sport celebrated two Awards. Golfer Martin Kaymer was presented with the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award after winning the US PGA Championship and finishing as No 1 golfer in Europe. Visually impaired skier and biathlete Verena Bentele won the Laureus Disability Award after capturing five gold medals in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Available video includes general views from the event with winners and guests.
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