Since 1993, the world’s best athletes have gathered to celebrate the year’s top athletic performances and victories, awarding ESPYs (which stands for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) by popular fan vote. For athletes hailing from around the world competing at the highest level in sports ranging from bowling to basketball, taking home an ESPY is to athletes as an Oscar is to actors. Click here to vote.
Coming off of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, nine skiers have been nominated for the 26th annual ESPY Awards in varying categories.
Lindsey Vonn, who was not nominated this year, holds the record for winning the most ESPYs of any skier, having won the award for Best Female Athlete in both 2010 and 2011 and Best U.S. Female Olympian in 2010.
And the 2018 nominees are…
Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine skiing)
Best Female Athlete and Best Female Olympian
23-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin had a big year, taking home not one, but two Olympic medals in Pyeongchang (gold in giant slalom and silver in alpine combined) and the overall World Cup title for the second year in a row. This is the second time that Shiffrin has been nominated for two ESPYs, as she was up for Best Female Athlete and Best Female U.S. Olympian in 2014, but fell to fighter Ronda Rousey and snowboarder Jamie Anderson, respectively.
David Wise (Freestyle skiing)
Best Male Olympian and Best Male Action Sports Athlete
After winning his second Olympic gold medal last winter (Pyeongchang 2018 and Sochi 2014) in halfpipe skiing, David Wise also received his second ESPY nominations. In 2014, the Reno-native was nominated for Best Male U.S. Olympian and Best Male Action Sports Athlete. Similar to Shiffrin, Wise is yet to go home with an ESPY, as the awards in 2014 instead went to snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg and skateboarder Nyjah Huston, respectively.
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall (Nordic skiing)
Best Olympic Moment
Winning the first ever gold medal in cross-country skiing for the United States, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall also won the hearts of America with their triumphant victory and heartwarming celebration (in case you missed it, here’s the video of the moment they won gold), which earned them this year’s ESPY nomination for Best Olympic Moment. This is the first ESPY nomination for both Diggins and Randall. Randall recently announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so it is unsure if she will be in attendance at the event.
Henrik Harlaut (Freestyle skiing)
Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Sweden’s freestyle skiing wizard Henrik Harlaut, who most recently won gold at the 2018 Aspen X-Games in both slopestyle and big air, is up for the Best Male Action Sports Athlete against David Wise. Known for his eclectic style and love for the Wu-Tang Clan, this is the first time Harlaut has been nominated for an ESPY.
Dan Cnossen (Nordic skiing)
Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Team USA cross-country skier and Afghanistan veteran Dan Cnossen took home an insanely impressive six medals (gold in the 7.5km biathlon, silver in the 12.5km biathlon, 15km cross-country, 15km biathlon, 7.5km cross-country, and bronze in the cross-country sprint) at the 2018 Paralympic Games. This is Cnossen’s first ESPY nomination.
Andrew Kurka (Alpine skiing)
Best Male Athlete With a Disability
Hailing from Alaska, alpine skier Andrew Kurka is a two-time Paralympic athlete who took home gold in downhill and a silver in super-G at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. This is Kurka’s first ESPY nomination.
Oksana Masters (Nordic skiing)
Best Female Athlete With a Disability
Not only did Oksana Masters win five medals (two gold, two silver, one bronze) in cross-country and the biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Games, she also won the first gold medal for the U.S. in trunk and arms mixed double sculls rowing at the 2012 summer Paralympic Games in London. Additionally, Masters competed in the 2016 summer Paralympic Games in Rio as a cyclist. This is Masters’ third ESPY nomination, as she was up for the Best Female Athlete With a Disability award in both 2015 and 2016.
Kendall Gretsch (Nordic skiing)
Best Female Athlete With a Disability
Competing in her first Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, cross-country skier Kendall Gretsch brought home two gold medals in the 6km biathlon and 12km cross-country to her hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois. This is Gretsch’s second ESPY nomination, as the skier was up for the award of Best Female Athlete With a Disability in 2015.
There is still time to vote before tomorrow’s award ceremony, which is on July 18 in Los Angeles. The show can be viewed on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to vote.