Michael Phelps. Peyton Manning. Shawn Johnson. Ezekiel Elliott.
For 88 straight years, the AAU Sullivan Award has been presented to the nation’s best amateur athlete. The list of past winners is a who’s who of some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. From the inaugural 1930 winner Bobby Jones, who was a trailblazer in golf, to the 1981 winner Carl Lewis, who set records in track, to the 2016 winner Lauren Carlini, who was the first volleyball player to win the award, these athletes have starred in a variety of sports. Each one of them has captivated and entertained sports fans throughout the world during their amateur career.
This year’s AAU Sullivan Award winner was world-champion wrestler and Team USA hero Kyle Snyder. For a backstage look at this year’s event and all of the incredible nominees, click here.
If you want to learn more about the history of the award or find out how you can vote for next year’s AAU Sullivan Award winner, visit aausullivan.org.
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It was November 13, 2016. Dallas had the ball and was trailing by one point. Only 14 seconds remained on the clock and the ball was on Pittsburgh’s 32-yard line. Despite only having one timeout left, the offense decided to keep it on the ground and hand the ball to their star back, Ezekiel Elliott. As soon as he got the ball, Zeke saw daylight. He turned on the jets and burst through the middle of the line, catching his opponents off guard and giving them no chance to catch him as he raced into the end zone. He scored the game-winning touchdown and delivered a highlight that would be replayed for decades to come. Elliott lives for big moments like this, and he has the speed and work ethic to deliver time and time again. He also has the perfect cleat for these situations: the Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro.
Lightweight, but reliably supportive. Fast, but incredibly comfortable. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro is the football cleat that the most explosive players on the field have been waiting for. Let’s break down how it helps speedsters like Ezekiel Elliott make the biggest plays look effortless.
Distraction-Less Fit And Feel
When the game is on the line, there can’t be any distractions. No threads out of place or areas of discomfort. That’s why the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro has a seamless one-piece bootie construction and an integrated tongue. It ensures that each player will get the perfect fit every time they lace up and allows them to focus on making that game-changing play.
Lightweight Breathability And Durability
Thanks to mesh and synthetic skins along the upper, the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro cleats are never too heavy, hot, or flimsy. They are built to last and to keep elite athletes comfortable from the opening kickoff to the final play.
Total Support And Stability
The faster players accelerate and cut, the more at risk they are for injuries. Flywire cables around the midfoot of these cleats lock feet into place and provide total support. That way, players can stay confident while racing past the opposition.
Game-Changing Traction And Control
Playmakers like Zeke rarely run straight during a play. They need to cut, juke, and spin their way to greatness. If they can change direction even a split second faster, they can make their opponent look foolish. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro features revolutionary cleat studs that dig deep into the ground as they plant their feet, allowing them to deliver video-game-level moves.
Unbelievable Acceleration And Explosiveness
From fast to untouchable, from good to unstoppable — the carbon fiber plate on these cleats is the pinnacle of electric speed. During every push-off, the plate propels the foot forward with speed, ensuring that skill players get that added burst they need to leave their opponent in the dust.