VAIL — Eagle-Vail’s golden girl, Mikaela Shiffrin, may soon have some additional hardware to commemorate her Olympic and World Cup exploits of the past winter as the 19-year-old U.S. Ski Team star has been nominated for two ESPY Awards.
Presented by ESPN, the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards annually honor the world’s top professional and amateur athletes for their accomplishments during that season or year. The ESPYs are voted on by fans and scheduled for July 16.
“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.”
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.
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 includes halfpipe skier David Wise, freestyle skier Joss Christensen and snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg.
To vote for Shiffrin and Ligety, visit www.espn.go.com/espys/2014.