ESPN’s 20th ESPY Awards took over the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday, with troves of sports elite turning out for the red carpet event. The ESPY’s, which stands for for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, honors a broad range of athletes from Best Breakout Performance (Jeremy Lin) to Best Driver (Tony Stewart) and 30 other sport-specific awards in between.
Shaun White nabbed his fifth consecutive ESPY for Best Action Sports Athlete by beating out Travis Rice, Kelly Slater, and Ryan Villopoto. In 2011, White earned the first-ever perfect score in halfpipe at the Winter X Games in Aspen. Six months earlier, at the summer event, White won Gold in skateboard vert, marking his first win in the event since 2007. These accolades, coupled with his ubiquitous marketing, made him the go-to guy for online voters.
On the women’s side, Jamie Anderson from South Lake Tahoe, California, took home her first ESPY. Anderson dominated the slopestyle scene in 2011 by winning Gold at nearly every event she entered. Anderson edged out Kelly Clark, Kaya Turski, and Carissa Moore for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. During the event, Anderson showcased her excitement by instagraming photos from the red carpet and tweeting, “Honored to be at the ESPY Awards! Nas just came out!”
Congrats to Jamie and Shaun.
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