Swimming: Phelps wins annual award despite drink-driving suspension

Michael Phelps reacts after placing seventh in the 100m freestyle in the 2014 USA National Championships in Irvine, California, in this file photo taken on Aug 6, 2014. Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at
Michael Phelps reacts after placing seventh in the 100m freestyle in the 2014 USA National Championships in Irvine, California, in this file photo taken on Aug 6, 2014. Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September.

Phelps was not at the New York ceremony where Keenan Robinson, an official from his training base, accepted the award on his behalf and confirmed Phelps had returned to the pool.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist stepped away from training in early October. Olympic gold medallist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky capped her memorable 2014 season by claiming three awards, including USA Swimming's Female Athlete of the Year.