Friday, June 27, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety Nominated for ESPY Awards


Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety may soon have some additional hardware to commemorate their Olympic and World Cup exploits of the past winter as the two US skiers have been nominated for the ESPY Awards.
Presented by ESPN, the ESPY Awards annually honor the world’s top professional and amateur athletes for their accomplishments during that season or year. Voted on by the fans, the 2014 ESPYs are scheduled for July 16.
Shiffrin has been nominated for both Best Female Athlete and Best U.S. Female Olympian accolades, while teammate Ted Ligety is also in the running for the Best Male U.S. Olympian ESPY.
"My first thought was ‘Yikes’", Shiffrin wrote on her Facebook page. "My second thought was that I better find a dress. There are a lot of great athletes on this list so think carefully before you press the button".
At 18 years and 345 days, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) became the youngest ever woman to win an Alpine skiing gold. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) won gold in Sochi 2014, but even more than that she grabbed the mantle of skiing's next global superstar with both hands.
Mikaela Shiffrin won five of the eight slalom races this season to secure the slalom crystal globe for the second consecutive season. She is the youngest lady to win it twice.
Shiffrin’s competition for Best Female Athlete includes pro basketball player Maya Moore, mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey and University of Connecticut basketball star Breanna Stewart. Her Best U.S. Olympian counterparts include snowboarder Jamie Anderson, freestyle skier Maddie Bowman and figure skater Meryl Davis.
Ligety’s competition for the Best Male U.S. Olympian award include halfpipe skier David Wise, freestyle skier Joss Christensen and snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg.
"3 Park City local ESPY nominees for Best Olympian. Make sure one of us wins...preferably me", Ligety encouraged his fans to vote on his Facebook page.
Ted Ligety (USA) confirmed his position as one of the greatest giant slalom skiers of all-time with a dominant display to win Olympic gold in Sochi 2014.
The final men’s giant slalom proved to be one of the most thrilling races of the season as the battle for the title came down to the last possible moment. In the last giant slalom of the season Ted Ligety (USA) was able to overcome a 50 point gap between him and Marcel Hirscher to take claim of the title. By winning the race and Hirscher finishing fourth, the pair finished the season with the same number of points, but Ligety earned the title thanks to his five season victories and a little help from his friend Felix Neureuther (GER) who played a key role in the final moments of the race by in second, behind Ligety and ahead of Hirscher.
To vote for Shiffrin and Ligety, visit  http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/
The 2014 ESPYS, to be hosted by Drake, will air on July 16th at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation.

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