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Mary Carillo, Julie Foudy Co-Host Women in Sports Gala

Former pro tennis player Mary Carillo (L) and former Olympic soccer player Julie Foudy co-hosted the 34th Salute to Women In Sports Awards  in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Former pro tennis player Mary Carillo (L) and former Olympic soccer player Julie Foudy co-hosted the 34th Salute to Women In Sports Awards in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Former tennis player Mary Carillo and Olympic soccer standout Julie Foudy hosted the 34th “Salute to Women in Sports” at Cipriani Wall Street last night (Oct. 16), an event that honors 50 top female athletes for their accomplishments inside and outside of their sports.

Swimmer Diana Nyad, just one month after her record-breaking Cuba-to-Florida swim, was one of the women honored with a special tribute award.

Among those honored were Olympic gold medal winners, Guinness world record holders and World Champions.

Women in Sports Foundation 34th Gala Salute
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Their sports range from bobsledding and badminton to surfing, skiing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball and ice hockey, according to the Women in Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts the annual event.

WSF president Angela Ruggiero gave a keynote address about the life-lessons she learned from playing ice hockey, her years at Harvard and on the International Olympic Committee.

She was joined on stage by 10-year-old football phenom Sam Gordon and Amanda Rivera, a “GoGirlGo!” participant from the New York Junior Tennis League.

Annual Salute host Hannah Storm introduced this year’s highlight video that featured the accomplishments of many of the women athletes. Nyad was featured along with Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Natalie Coughlin and Robin Roberts

The highlight of the evening were the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Awards. They went to WNBA star Candace Parker for team sport and swimming sensation Missy Franklin for individual sport.

Among other honorees on the night, were Melissa Stockwell, a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart winner who lost her leg in Iraq. She became a Paralympic swimmer and accomplished triathlete. Michelle Kwan and Bryant Gumbel presented her with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award.

Golf legend Annika Sorenstam presented Duke University student Vivian Hao, a collegiate tennis player, with the ANNIKA Inspiration Award for her work in the community.

The WNBA won the “Billie Jean King Contribution Award” for contributing to the continuing evolution and growth of women’s professional sports.

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