When the COVID-19 pandemic started to gain momentum in Europe and America, almost all sports leagues around the world temporarily halted their activities.
In the vast majority of cases, however, it was only a break, time to learn about Public Health guidelines and put in place protocols related to the disease.
Thus, the athletes were nevertheless able to achieve success, even if they had to do so often in front of empty stands. Here are seven examples of athletes who have shied away from health distractions in this time of pandemic.
If she has not won a tournament, Eugenie Bouchard has certainly shown some signs of a return to form this summer.
The Westmount native first competed in World TeamTennis, a team competition held in West Virginia.
She then made her return to the WTA with a run to the quarterfinal of the Prague Open in August. Prior to the event, “Genie” was ranked 330th in the world.
A few weeks later, she reached the final of the Istanbul Tennis Championship. It was the first final for the Maple Leaf representative since the Malaysia tournament in February 2016.
Then, on the occasion of the French Open, she reached the third round. A first in a Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open in 2017. She is also currently the 141st racket in the world.
During the forced break in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Tampa Bay Lightning was certainly one of the clubs most eager to return to action. Indeed, Jon Cooper’s troops were washed into four parts in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2019 after winning the Presidents Trophy and were seeking rematch.
The Lightning finally took it one step at a time to win a second Stanley Cup, and defenseman Victor Hedman has something to do with it.
Winning the Conn-Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, Hedman scored 10 goals and added 12 assists for a total of 22 points in 25 games. He was the fifth scorer in the playoffs.
Hedman has made his entry into some interesting charts by offering what turns out to be one of the best performances of a back in the playoffs, especially in terms of goals. Indeed, only Paul Coffey (12), Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Leetch (11) scored more often in a playoff tournament.
While the debate over who is the greatest driver in Formula 1 history is divisive, Lewis Hamilton has become his sport’s most decorated driver in 2020.
The Briton has indeed won 11 of the 16 races in which he took part. Crowned champion for the seventh time, Hamilton joined the legendary Michael Schumacher in this regard. However, he overtook the German in victories (95 against 91) and podiums (165 against 155).
The NBA has been one of the North American tours most affected by the pandemic, seeing its regular season cut by a few weeks.
Never mind, James and his Los Angeles Lakers were all set when the playoff tournament got underway in Orlando this summer. James won a fourth NBA title and was named MVP of the final for a fourth time.
Major League Baseball has had to delay and shorten its season, which has nevertheless been marked by several outbreaks of COVID-19 cases.
The Manfred Tour was still able to go all the way though, with the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in October.
Corey Seager was the World Series MVP, with eight hits in 20 official at-bat appearances. He scored seven of his 32 points in the grand final.
Even before the pandemic, it could be said that the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback had made all his dreams come true by winning the last Super Bowl. The pivot has not slowed down this season, however, far from it.
With gains of 4,462 yards, Mahomes was dominant for the Chiefs, who also had the best record in the NFL by a 13-1 record, after the 15th.e week of activities. The pivot made 36 touchdown passes while suffering just five interceptions.
American Dustin Johnson was nothing short of breathtaking in the 2020 PGA season. The 36-year-old golfer won the FedEx Cup for the first time in his career and donned the famous green jacket from the Masters Tournament.
He also wrote his name in the history book of the prestigious tournament held in Augusta, becoming the first golfer to dive below the 20-stroke mark cut off normal.
In total, Johnson had four wins in 2020. His successes were recognized by his peers, who voted him as the PGA Tour Player of the Year.
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