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Vonn, White Headline Winter Sport at 2011 ESPYs

Lindsey VonnAlpine skier Lindsey Vonn and the action sport icon, Shaun White, held down the winter sport community with ESPY victories at the 19th running of ESPN’s annual award show, honoring top athletic performances from the past year.

Vonn, coming off a stellar FIS World Cup Season, won the ESPY for Best Female Athlete, beating out Snowboarder Kelly Clark and two basketball players.

The 2010-11 World Cup season saw Vonn win eight individual races and the overall Super G, Downhill and Super Combined titles. Vonn narrowly lost the overall World Cup title to her close friend from Germany, Maria Riesch.

The award for Best Female Athlete was Vonn’s second consecutive, winning it last year

Vonn, looking stunning on the red carpet, told reporters following her victory, “Wow, thank you so much this means so much to me." said Vonn, who in 2010 became the first skier, male or female, to win the top individual ESPY. "I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way - my husband for putting up with me, my coaches, family and fans - thank you so much, you mean the world to me."

After winning the award, Vonn also joked about wanting to take a picture with Justin Bieber, and apparently the Canadian pop icon obliged, giving Vonn something else to smile about on the evening.

Action sports fans were treated to Shaun White winning Best Male Action Sports Athlete, not at all a surprise, for winning gold in the Snowboard SuperPipe at Winter X and Silver in the Skateboard Vert at the Summer X Games held in 2010. The two-way tomato also won another two Skateboard Vert races on the Dew Tour.

The 2011 ESPY was the seventh overall for White and he’s won five-out-of-eight Best Male Action Sports Athlete since the ESPYs started the category in 2004.

Kelly Clark, who lost out to Vonn in the Best Female Athlete Category, also lost in the Best Female Action Sports Athlete to Stephanie Gilmore. This past year, Clark won the SuperPipe Gold Medal at Winter X, Winter X Europe and the Burton U.S. Open. She also became the first female snowboarder to land a 1080 in competition at the X Games.

The other winter athletes up for ESPY awards, but walked away empty-handed, were:

Kevin Rolland, Freestyle Skiing
Category: Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Award Considerations: Repeated as the Gold Medalist at Winter X and Winter X Europe in the Ski SuperPipe while winning two Dew Tour Events and the overall Dew points crown. Also the AFP SuperPipe points winner.

Sarah Burke, Freestyle Skiing
Category: Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Award Considerations: Won the Ski SuperPipe Gold Medal at Winter X and Winter X Europe. The win at the X Games now gives Burke four total SuperPipe Gold Medals in her career.

Chris Devlin-Young, Paraskiing
Category: Best Male Athlete With a Disability
Award Considerations: Devlin-Young was the Super G Gold Medalist at the 2010 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Alana Nichols, Paraskiing
Category: Best Female Athlete With a Disability
Award Considerations: The 2010 Gold Medalist in both the Downhill and Super G at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games. In the process, became the first American woman to win Gold in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.


-Ryan O'Leary

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