The 2012 ESPY Awards – short for “Excellence In Sport Performance Yearly” – took place Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012 at the Nokia Live Theater, Los Angeles. ESPN highlighted some of the greatest moments in sports, awarding select athletes voted upon online via the American public. It is an honor just to be nominated for the prestigious award, even more exciting to win. This year, snowboarding swept the Action Sports category, with the legend himself, Shaun White, taking home Best Male Action Sport Athlete for the fifth consecutive year, and Jamie Anderson winning Best Female Action Sport Athlete.
Check out Shaun’s interview after he won his award to hear why he didn’t participate in the Summer X Games this year for skateboarding:
It was no surprise that Shaun White took home the ESPY Award considering his ridiculous perfect 100 scored at Winter X Games 2012 in the Superpipe. If you missed it, or want to see it again, check out the video and photos from his 2012 Winter X Games performance.
The two accomplished winners proved worthy of the awards in this year’s Winter X Games, erupting the crowd in Aspen with huge airs and gnarly tricks, both taking home gold medals for their excellent performance.
Jamie Anderson also took X Games gold this year with 95.33 point Slopestyle run featuring a beautiful cab 720 and switch backside 540 perfectly executed.
Here’s Jaime’s gold medal run from the 2012 Winter X Games:
We won’t mention our disappointment about the Best Female Athlete results, considering alpine skier Lindsey Vonn’s perfect season and 16 career Golden Globe titles. At least she has never punched a girl in the face during a basketball game, but who’s paying any attention… Well, hey – we are dedicated to skiers around the newsroom and will always support our athletes. We were stoked to celebrate Vonn’s nomination at an exclusive Red Bull hosted “Sweet 16″ party on Monday evening. Check out the video and the photo gallery!
We would also like to congratulate freestyle skier, Kaya Turski, for her 2012 ESPY nomination and stellar season this year.
See the complete list of ESPY 2012 Award winners:
BEST IN SPORT
BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James, Miami Heat
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner, Baylor University
BEST MOMENT: Tim Tebow pass to Demaryius Thomas, AFC Wildcard game
BEST TEAM: Miami Heat
BEST COMEBACK: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
BEST COACH/MANAGER: Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
BEST GAME: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, Miami Heat
BEST PLAY: Christian Watford’s buzzer beater for Indiana win against Kentucky
BEST UPSET: Eighth seed Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Robert Griffin III, Baylor University
BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner, Baylor University
BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Kyle Maynard, Climbing
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long, Swimming
BEST MLB PLAYER: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James, Miami Heat
BEST WNBA PLAYER: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
BEST NFL PLAYER: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
BEST NHL PLAYER: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
BEST MLS PLAYER: David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy
BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Shaun White
BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Jamie Anderson
BEST BOWLER: Sean Rash
BEST DRIVER: Tony Stewart
BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather
BEST MALE GOLFER: Bubba Watson
BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Cristie Kerr
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Lionel Messi
BEST JOCKEY: Mario Gutierrez
BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic
BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Maria Sharapova
BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE: Walter Dix
CAPITAL ONE CUP: Stanford Women’s Athletics and Florida Men’s Athletics.
ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD: Pat Summitt
JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE: Eric LeGrand
The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2012 ESPYS recognizes both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYs in 1993.