Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin has a chance to win her third consecutive Team USA Award ©Getty Images

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin has a chance at winning her third consecutive United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) monthly award, having been nominated for the female athlete of the month for January.

The 24-year-old earned four International Ski Federation World Cup podium finishes last month, taking super-G and downhill gold in the Bulgarian town of Bansko, along with slalom bronze in Flachau and giant slalom bronze in Sestriere.

It would be Shiffrin's third female athlete of the month accolade in a row, having received the award for November and December.

She has been nominated alongside Para-Alpine skier Laurie Stephens, who claimed six medals, including two golds, across two World Cups in the sitting discipline. 

Also shortlisted is boxer Naomi Graham for winning her second straight Strandja Tournament title, Para-equestrian athlete Roxanne Trunnell for sweeping three Grade One CPEDI3* dressage classes and Jennifer Valente for clinching omnium gold at the Track Cycling World Cup in Milton. 

It will be the first time in four months that Nathan Chen does not win the male athlete of the month award. 

The figure skater received the accolade in October, November and December, but has not been shortlisted this time. 

Instead, golfer Justin Thomas headlines the shortlist, having triumphed at the Professional Golfers' Association Tournament of Champions and moved up to number four in the world. 

Justin Thomas is up for male athlete of the month in the Team USA Awards ©Getty Images
Justin Thomas is up for male athlete of the month in the Team USA Awards ©Getty Images

He is joined by freestyle skier Colby Stevenson, who earned gold in his first X Games in Aspen, and Pedro Pascual, RS:X gold medal winner at the Sailing World Cup in Miami. 

Dan Cnossen has been nominated for earning gold in the biathlon relay and silver in the sitting class of the cross-country short and biathlon sprint events at the Para-Nordic Skiing World Cup in Altenberg and Dresden.

Bringing up the shortlist is equestrian athlete Steffen Peters, who grabbed four CD13* titles in dressage.

The men's four-man bobsleigh team are up for the team of the month award for achieving a bronze medal at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup in Igls in Austria. 

The women's track cycling pursuit team make the list for a gold medal in Milton, while the Para-dressage team have also been nominated.

Fans have until the end of tomorrow to vote online, with the public vote accounting for 50 per cent of the final result.

The remaining 50 per cent comes from national governing body representatives and select members of the media.