Since 1994, one female and one male athlete have been chosen to represent Iowa as its State Games Athletes of the Year. The selected nominations then are sent to the National Congress of State Games for consideration for the State Games National Athlete of the Year. In addition, the winners annually serve the official torch bearers in the following Summer Iowa Games Opening Ceremony. The award was re-named in 2003 after former Iowa Games Athlete of the Year Marty McHone, who died of cancer in 2002.

2021 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM  (nominations due Monday, August 9!)

2013 Athletes of the Year - Gabby Brewer (left) and Bridger Deaton (right)
     2013 Athletes of the Year – Gabby Brewer (left) and Bridger Deaton (right)

Athlete of the Year History

YEAR ATHLETE SPORT(S)
2019 Kevin Klingbeil Water Skiing
  Emily Feldkamp Cross Country and Triathlon
2018 Curt Nystrom Swimming
  Tai Tomasi Paratriathlon
2017 Jim Schon Weightlifting
  Sara Schwendinger Track & Field
2016 Philip Ramsey Flag Football, Spikeball and Ultimate
  Ann Hegstrom Cross Country and Track & Field
2015 Norman Bower Swimming
  Piper Wall Canoe Kayak, Whitewater
2014 Tanner Weitzel Taekwondo, Wrestling
  Natalie Whitcher Strongman
2013 Bridger Deaton Archery
  Gabby Brewer Figure Skating
2012 Danna Kelly* Triathlon
  Carroll Marty* Track & Field, Badminton, Racquetball
2011 Sue Gordon Shooting
  Tim Dwight 25 Events
2010 Amber Woodford Track & Field
  Mark Hauschildt Weightlifting
2009 Cindy Hauber* Swimming, Triathlon, Road Race
  Nate Sickerson Track & Field
2008 Heather Ezell Basketball
  Ron Peterson Track & Field, Basketball Shooting
2007 Diane Love Weightlifting
  Chad Vance Wrestling
2006 Beth Henrickson Track & Field, Road Race
  Jeff Warrick Diving
2005 Kay Glynn Track & Field
  Caleb Utesch Swimming
2004 Linda Terry Swimming
  Alvin Ravenscroft Track & Field, Road Race, Cross Country
2003 Michelle Ihmels Road Race
  Chase Madison Track & Field
2002 Marijane Torjesen Swimming
  Houshang Bozorgzadeh* Table Tennis
2001 Stephanie Schinnow Taekwondo
  Joe Breakenridge Basketball
2000 Nichole DeKlotz Swimming
  Melvin Larsen Track & Field
1999 Tesi Dawson Track & Field
  Jamie Beyer* Track & Field
1998 Jennie Lillis Basketball
  Gary McCall Wrestling
1997 Abby Hagan Swimming
  Richard Latch Weightlifting
1996 Marty McHone Track & Field
  Michael Kitchell Road Race
1995 Tammi Blackstone Basketball
  Glen Mente Track & Field
1994 Whitney Sondall Swimming
  Dave Eilders Shooting

*Named National Congress of State Games Athlete of the Year

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