The Top Octagon Talent Client Moments of 2016Media, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Olympics, Action Sports, Tennis
As 2016 comes to a close, we take a look back at a historic year in which we were named SBJ’s Best in Talent Representation. From the NHL to the WTA, here are some of this year's top moments from Octagon's athletes and personalities clients.
phelps cements his legacy
Michael Phelps returned for the 2016 Summer Games at age 31 and surpassed all expectations. After serving as the American flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremonies, Phelps took home five gold medals and one silver medal. Phelps finished his career as the greatest Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals (23 of which are gold) to his name.
johnson wins his seventh
Jimmie Johnson capped off 2016 in absolutely perfect fashion. The racing-legend became a 7-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, tying Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most victories ever when he won an overtime finish at Homestead on the final weekend of the Series.
steph makes history
Stephen Curry stamped his name in the record books in 2016. After leading the NBA in several categories including points per game and steals per game, Curry was named the first unanimous MVP in league history. He led the Golden State Warriors to a 73-9 record, the best in NBA history. It was Curry’s second consecutive MVP trophy.
SIMONE TAKES ALL-AROUND GOLD
Simone Biles took the Rio Olympics by storm, capturing five Olympic medals in her debut including a new American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games. Biles earned the prestigious individual all-around gold medal and was chosen by Team USA to be the flag bearer for the closing ceremonies, the first American female gymnast to ever do so.
cubs win world series, zobrist named mvp
After 108 years, the Octagon-heavy Chicago Cubs finally broke their World Series Championship draught. Willson Contreras, Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, Dave Martinez, John Mallee, Hector Rondon and Ben Zobrist all earned World Series rings. Zobrist was named the World Series MVP after driving home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Game 7.
Karolina pliskova reaches us open final
Karolína Plíšková had the best year of her professional tennis career, reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 6. The highlight of her year came when she reached the US Open Final, knocking off both Venus and Serena Williams along the way.
RAISMAN SHINES IN RIO
After winning two gold medals in the 2012 Games, Aly Raisman returned to captain Team USA to even more success in Rio. Aly won silver in both the all-around and floor exercise and was instrumental to the team’s gold medal-winning performance.
Tarasenko named ea sports cover star
St. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko is currently gracing the cover of EA SPORTS NHL 17 after winning the social media-based fan vote. Tarasenko beat out seven other players representing their countries at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
giannis stays in milwaukee
Octagon Basketball client Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks. "The Greek Freak" has rewarded the Bucks’ front office by starting the 2016-17 season with career-high numbers.
dominika cibulkova wins in singapore
After injuries hampered her 2015, Dominika Cibulková had a resurgent 2016. The highlight of her year came when she won the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore, defeating world No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the Final. Cibulková finished the 2016 season at a career-high No. 5 in the world.
john scott named nhl all-star game mvp
Octagon Hockey client John Scott had the most epic Cindarella year. In the midst of a roller-coaster season, Scott was voted by fans into the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and captained the Pacific Team. After scoring two goals in the semi-final, Scott led his team to the win in the Championship game. For his efforts, he was named All-Star Game MVP.