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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The Associated Press female Athlete of the Year has been chosen. The winner? Tennis player Serena Williams. Among the other top vote-getters were a basketball player, a golfer and a skier.

Hmmm, I seem to remember a woman named Diana Nyad doing something that might have made her worthy of receiving this award. Oh yes, now I remember: she swam from Cuba to Florida. From Cuba to Florida! Almost three days in the water. Water infested with sharks and jellyfish! And did I mention she was 64 years old?

A woman who is in the prime of her life, runs back and forth and hits a tennis ball is awarded the female Athlete of the Year Award, yet a woman who swims from Cuba to Florida gets one “write in” vote? What a complete travesty! The voters should be ashamed of themselves! What a disgrace.

Then again, Tiger Woods has won the award previously. And what amazing feat did he accomplish? He strolled around the countryside for four hours hitting a ball with a little stick. Granted he did do this four days in a row. How strenuous.

Robert LaRosa

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