U.S. Olympians, Paralympians headline The 2014 ESPYS; sled hockey player Josh Sweeney receives inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service; Additional 22 Team USA athletes nominated for Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports awards

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July 16, 2014
U.S. Olympians, Paralympians headline The 2014 ESPYS; sled hockey player Josh Sweeney receives inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service

Additional 22 Team USA athletes nominated for Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports awards
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A host of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians were recognized tonight at The 2014 ESPYS, held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Determined by fan vote, 12 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians took home accolades in 11 categories.

Leading the list of Team USA winners were 2012 Olympic basketball champion Kevin Durant and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in judo Ronda Rousey, winning Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete, respectively. Additionally, 2014 Olympic champion in slopestyle snowboarding, Jamie Anderson, joins Durant as the most decorated 2014 ESPYS Olympians, each winning two. Anderson took home accolades for Best Female U.S. Olympian and Best Female Action Sports Athlete, while Durant won Best NBA Player in addition to Best Male Athlete.

In its 22nd year, the ESPYS – short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly – commemorate the most exciting moments, greatest achievements and top performances in athletics around the globe. At this year’s ceremony, Sochi 2014 Olympic bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator was on the scene as Team USA’s red carpet correspondent. She captured interviews with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic nominees, which can be found at TeamUSA.org. She also took over @USOlympic on Twitter and Team USA on Instagram, serving fans behind-the-scenes highlights and special access to some of their favorite Team USA athletes.

The 2014 ESPYS nominees, first announced June 24, featured 30 U.S. Olympians and eight Paralympians in 16 categories. Below are the 12 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic nominees who won in their respective categories.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard; soccer 
Best Moment, U.S. defeats Ghana in 2014 FIFA World Cup opener
Three members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team that defeated Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – Altidore, Bradley and Guzan – also represented Team USA at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Howard served as back-up for Brad Friedel at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. This marks the second ESPYS award for all four players and first since 2009 when Team USA won in the Best Upset category for its victory against then world No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Jamie Anderson; slopestyle snowboarding
Best Female U.S. Olympian; Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Anderson took home the gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, marking the first Olympic gold medal awarded in the event. This is her second consecutive ESPYS win for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and first ESPYS award for Best Female U.S. Olympian.

Kevin Durant; basketball
Best Male Athlete; Best NBA Player
A five-time NBA All-Star for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player, Durant made his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he helped Team USA win gold. The most nominated Team USA athlete at the 2014 ESPYS, these are his second and third ESPYS wins. His first ESPYS award was won in 2007 for Best Male College Athlete.

Declan Farmer; sled hockey
Best Male Athlete with a Disability
At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, 16-year-old Farmer posted two goals and one assist in Team USA’s 3-0 win against Canada to secure a spot in the gold-medal game versus Russia. Farmer also notched one goal and one assist in Team USA’s 5-1 win over Italy. For its gold medal-winning performance, the U.S. team was named Team of the Paralympic Games at the USOC’s inaugural Best of U.S. awards this April. This his first ESPYS win.

Sage Kotsenburg; slopestyle snowboarding
Best Male U.S. Olympian
Kotsenburg won the first Olympic gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding, which also marked the very first gold medal awarded at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He also won Best Male Olympian at the USOC’s inaugural Best of U.S. awards this April. This is his first ESPYS win.

Floyd Mayweather; boxing
Best Fighter
At age 19, Mayweather won the bronze medal in the featherweight division at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. This marks Mayweather’s third consecutive ESPYS award for Best Fighter, and sixth overall ESPYS win. He also won Best Fighter in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2007. He was also nominated for Best Male Athlete at this year’s ESPYS.

Maya Moore; basketball 
Best WNBA Player
A two-time WNBA champion with the Minnesota Lynx, Moore helped Team USA win the gold medal during her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This marks her fourth ESPYS award. She is a three-time recipient of the Best Female College Athlete award (2009-11) for her outstanding performance with the University of Connecticut Huskies. Moore was also nominated for Best Female Athlete at this year’s ESPYS.

Ronda Rousey; judo
Best Female Athlete
A two-time U.S. Olympian in judo, Rousey claimed the bronze medal in the middleweight division at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, making her the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. This marks her first ESPYS awards, though she was also nominated for Best Fighter at this year’s ESPYS.

Russell Westbrook; basketball
Best Comeback Athlete
After undergoing three knee surgeries within an eight-month timespan, the three-time NBA All-Star for the Oklahoma City Thunder showed up big in the 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, helping to force the series to six games against the eventual NBA Finals champions. Westbrook helped Team USA win the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is his first ESPYS award.

Additionally, sled hockey player Josh Sweeney – who scored the gold medal-winning goal in Team USA’s 1-0 victory over Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games – received the inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service. A special honor created by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation in honor of former NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, the award recognizes an individual with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a way that echoes the Tillman legacy.

“This is a tremendous honor and, hopefully, this award will help others like me realize that nothing is impossible without hard work and dedication,” Sweeney said. “Organizations like the Pat Tillman Foundation are amazing and being honored by them is extremely humbling.”


An able-bodied ice hockey player in high school, Sweeney was drawn to sled hockey while rehabbing an injury he received from an improvised explosive device in October 2009 while serving as a sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. He later received a Purple Heart for his service. A special one-on-one interview with Sweeney can be found at USParalympics.org.  

KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS AWARDS 2014

As the summer awards season continues, 22 U.S. Olympians have been nominated in 12 of 15 categories for Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports awards. The winners – selected by fan vote on nick.com/kids-choice-sports/vote – will be announced live at 8 p.m. ET Thursday (July 17) on Nickelodeon. Below are the U.S. Olympic nominees:

Best Female Athlete
Gabby Douglas, gymnastics
Gracie Gold, figure skating
Candace Parker, basketball
Hope Solo, soccer
Lindsey Vonn, alpine skiing
Serena Williams, tennis

Best Male Athlete
Kevin Durant, basketball
LeBron James, basketball
Dwyane Wade, basketball

Best Save
Tim Howard, soccer
Ryan Miller, ice hockey
Jonathan Quick, ice hockey
Hope Solo, soccer

Biggest Cannon
Serena Williams, tennis

Clutch Player of the Year
Carmelo Anthony, basketball
Kevin Durant, basketball
LeBron James, basketball
Abby Wambach, soccer

 
Don’t Try This Move at Home
Lindsey Vonn, alpine skiing
Shaun White, snowboarding

Favorite Comeback Athlete
Russell Westbrook, basketball

King of Swag
Amar’e Stoudemire, basketball
Dwyane Wade, basketball
Russell Westbrook, basketball

Party like a Sports Star
Abby Wambach, soccer

Queen of Swag
Gabby Douglas, gymnastics
Lolo Jones, bobsled, track & field
Lindsey Vonn, alpine skiing
Serena Williams, tennis

Sickest Moves
Landon Donovan, soccer
Alex Morgan, soccer
Chris Paul, basketball

Superstar Siblings
Serena and Venus Williams, tennis

 

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