Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award
Awarded forbest action sports athlete
LocationLos Angeles (2003)
Presented byESPN
First awarded2002
Last awarded2003
Currently held byShaun White (USA)
Websitewww.espn.co.uk/espys/

The Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award was an annual award honoring the achievements of an athlete from the world of action sports.[1] It was first awarded as part of the ESPY Awards in the 2002 ceremony.[2] The Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award trophy, created by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan,[3] was presented to the action sports athlete adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year.[1] Balloting for the award was undertaken by a panel of experts who composed the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.[4] Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in July and reflect performance from the June previous.[a][5]

The inaugural winner of the Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award was American snowboarder Kelly Clark at the 2002 edition.[2] During 2001 and 2002, she won seven major worldwide snowboarding competitions, which included the gold medal in the women's halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and first place at the Winter X Games.[6] Clark became the first female snowboarder to be nominated for, and hence to win, an ESPY Award.[6] Americans won both times the accolade was given out with fellow snowboarder Shaun White being voted the only male winner of the award at the 2003 ceremony.[7] The Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award was by gender in 2004, since which year Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award and the Best Male Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award have been presented.[8]

Winners and nominees

Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award winners and nominees
Year Image Athlete Nationality Sport Nominees Refs
2002
Kelly Clark  USA Snowboarding (halfpipe) Bob Burnquist ( BRA) – Skateboarding
Ricky Carmichael ( USA) – Motocross
[2][6]
2003
Shaun White  USA Snowboarding (halfpipe) Aleisha Cline ( CAN) – Skiing
Andy Irons ( USA) – Surfing
Blair Morgan ( USA) – Snocross
[7][9]

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b Nelson, Murry R. (2013). American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 399–401. ISBN 978-0-313-39753-0. Archived from the original on March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Poli, Doemnic (July 2, 2011). "Clark nominated for 2 ESPYs". Brattleboro Reformer. Archived from the original on July 1, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Avard, Christian (August 2, 2013). "Sculptor commissioned to complete Joe Frazier statue has died". Barre Montpelier Times Argus. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Committee is newly found". ESPN. February 3, 1999. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "New categories unveiled for The 2002 ESPY Awards" (Press release). ESPN. 2002. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Kelly Clark Joins Burton Global Team, Signs With Smith". Transworld Snowboarding. February 10, 2003. Archived from the original on October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "World-Class Action Sports Athletes Compete In New York at the Nokia/T-Mobile Ramps and Amps Invitational". T-Mobile. July 5, 2004. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Friday Selected As An Espy Award Finalist". Orlando Sentinel. June 25, 2004. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Shaun White Wins ESPN ESPY Award". Transworld Snowboarding. July 17, 2003. Archived from the original on October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.