Christine Sinclair during Canada's semifinal match against USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 6, 2012. (ANDREA COMAS/Reuters)
Chalk up another accolade for Christine Sinclair.
The 29-year-old Canadian soccer star won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete Monday. The award caps a year that saw the striker win a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and earn a nomination from FIFA as World Player of the Year.
Sinclair is the first soccer player to win the 76-year-old trophy and the first woman to receive the honour since 2008.
Sinclair's highlight in 2012 was her performance against Team USA during the women's soccer semifinal at the Olympics. Faced with the monstrous task of taking on the world's top team, Sinclair led Canada with three goals -- each giving her team the lead. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the U.S. advanced to the gold-medal game with a 4-3 victory.