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Evan Lysacek, Lindsey Vonn rewarded

Updated: January 25, 2011, 2:51 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

At this time last year, Evan Lysacek and Lindsey Vonn had accomplished everything in their respective sports except medal at the Olympics. In the eyes of the American masses, that meant they were still somewhat off the radar -- unfair, perhaps, but true. Tuesday's announcement that they had been named the U.S. Olympic Committee's sportsman and sportswoman of the year rewards perseverance and poise under pressure. As a bonus, they've both remained down-to-earth while their celebrity has soared.

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