The four top sportsmen and Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassadors Jan Frodeno, Sebastian Steudtner, Alex Thomson and Garrett McNamara stand on a hill overlooking Monaco. Seagulls circle below the low clouds, the sea rages close by. The sportsmen have travelled to the principality for the Laureus World Sports Awards.
The awards, which were co-founded by Mercedes-Benz, have been an integral element of the world of elite sport since they were launched in 2000, and represent internationally-renowned recognition. The awards are presented for the 17th. time in the evening, and superstars party around town.
Frodeno, McNamara, Steudtner and Thomson know each other and greet each other with broad smiles and handshakes. Even though they have achieved their success in their disciplines as individual competitors, they also have a special affinity for the teams which have their backs, and for the sporting community. Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner puts it in a nutshell: "I might be alone on the wave – but never alone in the waves"