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2017 Laureus World Sports Awards shine the spotlight on LeBron James and Stephen Curry

The Laureus World Sports Awards is putting together a serious competition that may be even more heated than the NBA Final between the Cavs and the Warriors or the stiff competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Laureus announced the nominees for seven of the categories for the Laureus World Sports Awards held in Monaco on February 14.

The organization shined the spotlight of some of the most renowned sports moments of the year and the incredible athletes that made them happen.

In the Sportsman of the Year category, it's going to be a tight race with Stephen Curry and LeBron James going up against Olympic gold medal winners Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Andy Murray and soccer phenom Cristiano Ronaldo.

Check out who was nominated for the awards this year:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Usain Bolt

Stephen Curry

Mo Farah

LeBron James

Andy Murray

Cristiano Ronaldo

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

Simone Biles

Allyson Felix

Angelique Kerber

Katie Ledecky

Elaine Thompson

Laura Kenny

PHOTOS: A look back at the 2016 Laureus Awards

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Tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 in Berlin, Germany, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Ironman Jan Frodeno of Germany poses with his Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year trophy during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Steve Hansen, coach of the All Blacks with All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw on behalf of the All Blacks rugby team and Laureus World Sports Academy member Sean Fitzpatrick pose with the Laureus World Team of the Year trophy during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Jordi Cruyff poses with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award trophy for Johan Cruyff collected on behalf of his father during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda awarded in the category Lifetime Achievement poses during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: German actor Daniel Bruehl (L) and Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda awarded in the category Lifetime Achievement pose during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Rachel Muthoga from the project 'Moving The Goalposts' poses with the Laureus Sport for Good Award during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda awarded in the category Lifetime Achievement poses during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former F1 pilot Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' Lauda and his wife Birgit Lauda attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Athlete and Laureus Sportsperson of the year with a Disability award nominee Liu Cuiping of China attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former football player Carles Puyol and Vanessa Lorenzo attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Sports for Good Children with Laureus World Sports Awards trophies during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Surfer and Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award Nominee Mick Fanning attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former tennis player Boris Becker (R) with his wife Lilly Becker (C) and son Noah Becker (L) attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus Ambassador Kathi Woerndl and Jens Tiedemann attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: DFB President Reinhard Grindel attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Ironman Jan Frodeno of Germany poses with his Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year trophy during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Robby Naish attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former tennis player Boris Becker and his wife Lilly Becker attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Nadia Comaneci attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former Finnish Formula 1 champion Mika Hakkinen and partner Marketa Ramesova attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Marvelous Marvin Hagler and his wife Kay Guarrera attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Chloe Kim of the USA nominee for Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Tegla Loroupe attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Former All Black Richie McCaw attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Kip Keino attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Franziska Knuppe attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Czech Republic's model and television program announcer Petra Nemcova attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Maria Hoefl-Riesch attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Sabine Christiansen and her husband Norbert Medus attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Ambassador David Coulthard and wife Karen Minier attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Soccer and Laureus World Sports Academy member Raul Gonzalez Blanco attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Austrian skier Anna Fenninger and her husband Manuel Veith attend the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Ambassador Nico Rosberg attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Actor Daniel Bruehl attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Marcel Desailly attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Katarina Witt attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: German media manager Werner E. Klatten attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Jessica Kastrop attends the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
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Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

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Wayde van Niekerk

Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award

Ruth Beitia

Michael Phelps

Juan Martin del Potro

Fabienne St Louis

Nick Skelton

Aksel Lund Svindal

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award

Ihar Boki

Omara Durand

Marcel Hug

Sophie Pascoe

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Beatrice Vio

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

Rachel Atherton

Pedro Barros

John John Florence

Chloe Kim

Kelly Sildaru

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