One day after capturing 2010 ESPY Awards for Best Female Athlete, the highest individual prize for women, and Best Female Olympian, gold medalist ski sensation Lindsey Vonn released a wave of thanks to fans worldwide.
“This is such an incredible honor that wouldn’t have happened without such amazing fans who supported me and the U.S. Ski Team not just at the Olympics, but throughout the season,” said Vonn, who took the Best Female Athlete honor after beating out tennis champ Serena Williams and basketball players Maya Moore of the back-to-back NCAA Women’s National Champion Connecticut Huskies and WNBA player Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.
Making the win even sweeter was that it was the first time a skier, male or female, had even been nominated in the Best Athlete category.
The award outcomes were determined entirely by popular vote by fans through text messages, Facebook and ESPN.com.
“This is coming from the fans,” said Vonn, who was awestruck in 2008 during her first trip to the ESPYS. “Alpine skiing isn’t basketball, tennis or golf, but the fans are showing that they’re looking to see more of our exciting sport in the mainstream. Just by voting and cheering for us, they’re helping to get it there.”
Next up for Vonn lies the 2010 Teen Choice Awards set for Monday, August 9 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. Fans aged 13-19 can vote once per day, every day to deterrmine the winners at www.teenchoiceawards.com. Vonn is once again nominated for the Female Athlete category at the upcoming award show.
For a look at Lindsey’s acceptance speech check out the video: