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Seven Winter Athletes Highlight ESPY Award Show Hot

Kelly_ClarkThe summer award show spectacle that is the ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) is quickly upon us, airing July 13, so we at AllAboutSnow are taking the onus on ourselves to highlight the skiers and snowboarders up for honors in their particular categories.

As for the ESPYs themselves, there are a total of 33 award categories ranging from Best Male Athlete to Best Jockey. There’s even a category for this year’s Best Sports Movie. A total of seven skiers and snowboarders, able-bodied and disabled, are in contention for a 2011 ESPY. Here’s a rundown of those athletes and the exploits that landed them on ESPN’s radar.

Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

  • Category: Best Female Athlete & Best Female Action Sports Athlete
  • Award Considerations: Won the SuperPipe Gold Medal at Winter X, Winter X Europe and the Burton U.S. Open. Also became the first female snowboarder to land a 1080 in competition as she wowed the folks in Aspen this year.

Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing

  • Category: Best Female Athlete
  • Award Considerations: Narrowly missed winning the overall World Cup Skiing Title during the 2010-11 run, but did win eight races and the Super G, Super Combined and Downhill overall titles.

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.

Shaun White, Snowboarding

  • Category: Best Male Action Sports Athlete
  • Award Considerations: Besides, well, being Shaun White, he also took 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 2010 Dew Tour.

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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