Vail’s Vonn thanks fans for ESPYs
Vail, CO Colorado
LOS ANGELES – A day after capturing 2010 ESPY Awards for Best Female Athlete, the highest individual honor for women, and Best Female Olympian, gold-medalist Vail’s Lindsey Vonn sent an outpouring of thanks to fans worldwide.
“This is such an incredible honor that wouldn’t have happened without such amazing fans who supported me and the U.S. Ski Team not just at the Olympics, but throughout the season,” said Vonn, who took the Best Female Athlete honor over tennis great Serena Williams and basketball players Maya Moore of the back-to-back national champion Connecticut Huskies and WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.
Fellow Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, who defended his halfpipe crown in Vancouver, also captured ESPYS in both his nominated categories. He roped the Best Male Olympian honor in from a deep group of athletes that included Olympic super combined gold medalist Bode Miller ), who garnered the full compliment of medals in 2010 to become the most successful Olympic alpine skier in American history.
White garnered the Best Male Action Sports award too, a category he’s owned with wins in 2006, 2008, 2009 and now 2010. Of the seven years the category has existed, White has won it four times.
Coincidently White and Vonn presented the Best Record Breaking Performance Award to John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, who produced the longest match in tennis history, lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes when Isner defeated Mahut 70-68 at Wimbledon.
Vonn also was up for the Best Female Athlete honor in 2008 after winning her first of three consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall titles, but was edged by WNBA standout Candace Parker. It was the first time a skier, male or female, had been nominated in the Best Athlete category.
“This is coming from the fans,” said Vonn. “Alpine skiing isn’t basketball, tennis or golf, but the fans are showing that they’re looking to see more of our exciting sport in the mainstream. Just by voting and cheering for us, they’re helping to get it there.”
Also representing alpine skiing was Julia Mancuso, who won silver in both downhill and super combined in Vancouver to become the most successful Olympic female alpine skier in U.S. history.
“Across the board, it’s amazing to have so many snowsport athletes represented at the ESPYs,” added Vonn. “What Bode and Julia did at the Olympics was outstanding for U.S. alpine, but it was also amazing to be a part of a U.S. Olympic Team that was successful across the board. From Shaun on down, we’re showing the world how incredible these sports are and the fans are supporting us.”
Next up for Vonn and White are the 2010 Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 9. The gold medal pair are nominated in the Female Athlete and Action Sports categories.