It’s time for the ESPYs again, and the ladies of the mountain are all over the list of nominees. Lindsey Vonn as well as snowboarders Kelly Clark, Jamie Anderson, and Kaya Turski are all up for awards. There’s going to be some tough competition this year.
After an amazing season, Vonn has been nominated in the Best Female Athlete category along with Brittney Griner (NCAA basketball), Maria Sharapova (tennis) and Abby Wambach (USA soccer). This is the highest individual honor for women, and Vonn has will be going for a three-peat. Her win in 2010 was unprecedented, as she was the first snow sport athlete in ESPY history to win the prestigious award. Vonn’s 2012 season was filled with a record 12 World Cup wins as well as the overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup title. It is her fourth. With numerous titles along the way, she set the overall women’s World Cup point record and nearly took out the men’s as well. She fell just 20 points short. Certainly one of the best alpine racers of all time, she is well qualified for this honor.
Clark, Anderson, and Turski will be competing against each other and surfer Carissa Moore for the title of Best Female Action Sport Athlete. Clark, an Olympic gold medalist finished this season with a near perfect record with a 16-event winning streak that included top places at both the Aspen and European X Games. Being one of only a few women riders who pull out 1080s in competition, she’s sure to gather some strong support from her fans.
Anderson is a slopestyle pioneer and ended the season with eight podiums, making the top at both the Aspen and European X Games. She also saw a huge amount of success in the Burton Open series, picking up wins in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. And when Sochi debuts slopestyle snowboarding at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, she’ll be looking to bring home the gold.
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has made the list as well, though that’s no surprise. This snowboarding superstar has won this award an impressive six times, including the last four years straight! This is a fan-voted award show, and White has always had a way with his supporters. Landing the first-ever perfect score by a snowboarder at the Aspen X Games gartered the crowd’s enthusiasm. He also took home first place in the European X Games slopestyle event in March. Watching White is as much about seeing him compete as it is seeing him push the limits of his sport. His fellow nominees in the category of 2012 Best Male Action Sports Athlete include Kelly Slater (surfing), Ryan Villopoto (motocross/supercross) and The Art of Flight star, Travis Rice.
Don’t forget, the ESPYS are determined by popular vote, so your opinion counts! Go to http://espn.go.com/espys/ to pick the winners. Polls close on July 9th, and the awards will air live on July 11 at 9pm on ESPN.