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Nominees Announced for The 2015 ESPYS as Fan Voting Begins

Jun 24, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Press release from ESPN, June 24, 2015:

Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Serena Williams, American Pharoah, Aaron Rodgers, Ronda Rousey, JJ Watt, Mo’ne Davis, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Maria Sharpova, Peyton Manning and Victor Espinoza are all nominees for The 2015 ESPYS on ABC, hosted by Joel McHale.

WHAT:

Initial list of nominees for The 2015 ESPYS presented by Capital One, are revealed today and voting has begun.

Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Wednesday, July 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHERE:

A current list of The 2015 ESPYS nominees is available to members of the media at http://es.pn/1J2hTnM and for voters at ESPYS.com. Additional nomination categories will be released before the show.

WHEN:

Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

HOW:

Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPYS.com up to the start of The 2015 ESPYS.

2015 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:

  • For the first time since 2000, none of the nominees for Best Male Athlete are returning from the previous year. 2015’s fresh slate includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt, and two-time Best Male Athlete-winner LeBron James.
  • UFC-champion Ronda Rousey is in pursuit of a 2nd-straight “Best Female Athlete” honor. She faces stiff competition from 2-time winners Serena Williams and Lindsey Vonn, as well as returning nominee Breanna Stewart.
  • LeBron James is the only returning nominee for “Best NBA Player,” gracing the category for an 11th-straight year. He is joined by first-timers Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
  • Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award. She will have to top returning winner, Maria Sharapova, who is after her 6th.
  • Peyton Manning is in contention to repeat as “Best Record-Breaking Performance.” While the Denver signal caller was honored at the 2014 awards for single-season passing records, this year the attention is on a career accomplishment–the most passing touchdowns ever thrown by an NFL quarterback.
  • Rory McIlroy is chasing his second “Best Male Golfer” award. He faces stiff competition from Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.
  • Little League standout Mo’ne Davis is looking to become the youngest athlete ever to win the “Best Breakthrough Athlete” Award.
  • The “Best Male College Athlete” nominees stretch the category’s age range in both directions. 18-year-old BU hockey star Jack Eichel would be the youngest player ever to win the award, while 24-year-old OSU wrestling champ Logan Stieber would be the oldest.
  • Fresh off winning the Triple Crown, American Pharoah is the first horse ever to be nominated in the “Best Championship Performance” category. He is up against MLB World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Women’s College World Series MVP Lauren Haeger, and NBA Finals leading-scorer LeBron James.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2015 ESPYS will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. Inspiring human stories are showcased through three pillar awards – the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The ESPYS support ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano in 1993.

Voting will be open June 24 through July 15 at 8 p.m. ET at ESPYS.com. Follow The 2015 ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.

Here’s the complete list of nominees, from ESPYS.com:

Best Male Athlete

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

2015 NBA MVP, led the Warriors to a league-best 67-15 record and their first NBA Championship in 40 years

Broke his own 3-point record with 286 treys

48.7 FG%, 44.3% beyond the arc, 91.4% from the free-throw line

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Led his team to 53 wins and the 2015 NBA Finals in his first season back in Cleveland

Led the NBA Finals in points (35.8), rebounds (13.3), and assists (8.8)

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

38 passing TDs & 5 interceptions (fewest int. for a full-season starter)

112.2 passer rating (2nd in the league among starters)

Undefeated at home, 133.2 passer rating with 25 TDs and 0 interceptions

NFL MVP

JJ Watt, Houston Texans

20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 10 broken-up passes, 59 solo tackles, 2 defensive touchdowns, and 3 receiving touchdowns

First player to record a 2nd 20-sack season

First unanimous Defensive Player of the Year in NFL history

Best Female Athlete

Ronda Rousey, MMA

Defended the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title with a 16-second KO of Alexis Davis and a 14-second armbar submission of Cat Zingano

Her 14-second victory over Cat Zingano was the fastest in UFC Championship history

Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball

2015 AP Player of the year, 2015 Naismith Player of the Year

NCAA tournament MOP

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Set a new world record for Women’s World Cup wins (67)

Joined legend Ingemar Stenmark as the only other skier to capture 19 season titles

Serena Williams, WTA

Won the 2014 US Open, 2015 Australian Open, and 2015 French Open

Became 5th women’s tennis player to be world No. 1 for at least 200 weeks

Best Championship Performance

American Pharoah, Race Horse

Won the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978.

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

2014 World Series MVP

Lowest ERA (.43) in a World Series since Sandy Kofax in 1965

First pitcher to record at least 2 wins, throw a shutout, and earn a save in a single World Series

Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball

  • MOP of the 2015 Women’s College World Series
  • Led in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, wins, and ERA
  • Pitched a complete game in the winner-take-all game 3 of the WS, in addition to driving in a run

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

First player in Finals history to lead both teams in points (35.8), rebounds (13.3), and assists (8.8)

Accounted for the 2nd-highest percentage of team points in Finals history (38.3%), just behind 1993 Jordan (38.4%)

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants

2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Set records for most receptions and receiving yards in the first 12 games of a career

Tied Michael Irvin’s NFL record of at least 90 receiving yards in 9-straight games

Mo’ne Davis, Little League Baseball

First girl to earn a win in the Little League World Series

First girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series

Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes

Won the College Football National Championship in just his 3rd start as the Buckeyes quarterback

In his 3 starts, Cardale completed 46 of 75 passes for 742 yards and 5 TDs

Jordan Spieth, PGA

Won the 2015 Masters and 2015 US Open

2nd-youngest person to win the Masters; youngest US Open winner since 1923

Tied Tiger Wood’s 72-hole Master’s record; broke records for best 36-hole and 54-hole scores

Best Record-Breaking Performance

Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run in NCAA softball

The Oklahoma senior overtook a 13-year-old record to become college softball’s career leader in home runs

Chamberlain achieved the record in 52 fewer games than the previous record holder

Devin Hester takes punt in for 20th touchdown return

Devin Hester’s 62-yard punt return touchdown was his 20th, surpassing Deion Sanders’ record for most career return TDs

Peyton Manning throws record-509th touchdown pass

Manning’s 8-yard TD toss to Demaryius Thomas was the 509th TD pass of his career, breaking a league record held previously by Brett Favre

Klay Thompson scores 37 points in a single quarter

Thompson set a new NBA record for most points in a single quarter, scoring 37 in the 3rd quarter of a regular season game

Best Upset

Georgia State over Baylor, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

14th-seeded Georgia State came back from a 12-point deficit to beat 3rd-seeded Baylor in the 1st round of March Madness

RJ Hunter hit a game-winning 3-pointer to send his team to the next round and their coach, his father, toppling to the ground

Kansas City Royals wins AL Pennant

In their first playoff appearance in 29 years, the wild card-winning Kansas City Royals made postseason history with 8-consecutive wins to start the playoffs, earning an unexpected World Series berth

Mississippi over Alabama, FBS

The No. 11 Rebels rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat their rivals, the No. 3 Crimson Tide, for the first time in over a decade

Best Game

A’s vs. Royals, MLB AL Wild Card

The Kansas City Royals began their cinderella postseason run with a dramatic extra-innings victory over the Oakland A’s

The nearly 5-hour, 12-inning game saw the Royals mount 2 late comebacks, ultimately winning out 9-8

Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals

The Clippers rallied around Chris Paul to win the deciding game of their highly competitive first-round series against the Spurs, 111-109

Paul, who overcame an early hamstring injury to return to the floor, made an improbable last-second bankshot to give his team the decisive 2 points

Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl

This hard-fought, thrilling contest culminated in a late comeback by New England, who battled back from a 10-point deficit to take a 4-point lead with just 2 minutes remaining

Seattle marched right back down the field, and after a bobbling circus catch by Jermaine Kearse, found themselves inches from the Patriots’ endzone, where they attempted a quick pass into the endzone but were intercepted by Patriots rookie CB Malcolm Butler

Best Play (bracket-style)

Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal

Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch

Lionel Messi goal vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk

Malcolm Butler INT vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip

Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run

Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass

Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10. Shoni Schimmel circus shot

Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9. Jeremy Menez goal

Best Coach/Manager

Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies

Won his 10th NCAA Tournament title for UConn, and 3rd consecutive

Led the team to a 38-1 record

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Won his 4th Super Bowl with the Patriots

Piloted the team through a rocky start to win 10 of their last 12

Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

Won the NBA Finals in his rookie year as a head coach

Led the Warriors to a league-best 67-15 regular season record

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils

Led Duke to their 5th national title

Became first D1 Men’s basketball coach to reach 1000 wins

Coached US National Team to FIBA World Cup Gold

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes

Coached Ohio State to victory in the inaugural National Championship game, despite losing 2 QBs to injury over the course of the season

Best Comeback Athlete

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

After his 2013 season was cut short by ACL and MCL tears, Gronkowski returned in 2014 to lead all tight ends in receiving yards (1,124) and share the lead for most receiving touchdowns (12)

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Finally back with the Yankees, A-Rod has spent this season attempting to prove that he can still be a productive contributor to an MLB team.

Thus far, he is batting. 274 with 12 HRs and 33 RBIs (as of 6/18).

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Rose’s appearance in the 2015 playoffs marked not just a return from his most recent knee injury, but a long-awaited return to the postseason. Rose delivered, averaging 21.5 points in the Bulls’ first series against the Bucks and hitting a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Cavs.

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

After a partial ACL tear kept her out of the Sochi Olympics and necessitated 2 surgeries, Vonn returned to the podium in 2015.

She set a new world record for most Women’s World Cup wins (67) and joined legend Ingemar Stenmark as the only other skier to capture 19 season titles.

Best International Athlete

Novak Djokovic, ATP

Won the 2015 Australian Open, the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals

2014 ATP Player of the Year, finishing World #1

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One

2014 Formula One World Championship Champion

11 victories put him 67 points ahead of the closest competition

Lydia Ko, LPGA

Became the youngest golfer ever (17) to be ranked world #1

2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year

Tied Annika Sörenstam’s LPGA record for most consecutive rounds under par (29)

Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina

Became career leading scorer in both La Liga and Champions League

2nd-highest scorer in La Liga ‘14-’15 (43); highest assister (18)

Helped Barcelona claim the Champions League title as the joint top scorer (10) and the top assister (6).

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portugal

2014 Ballon d’Or winner

Fastest player in La Liga history to score 200 goals

Leading scorer in LA Liga ‘14-’15 (48); 2nd-highest assister (16)

Best NFL Player

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

MVP of his 4th Super Bowl Championship

Led the Patriots to a 12-4 regular season record, winning 10 of their last 12 games

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Led the league in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698)

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

The 2014 leading rusher (1,845 yards)

First NFL player to rush for 100 yards in each of the first 8 games of the season

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

38 passing TDs & 5 interceptions (fewest int. for a full-season starter)

112.2 passer rating (2nd in the league)

Undefeated at home, 133.2 passer rating with 25 TDs and interceptions.

NFL MVP

JJ Watt, Houston Texans

20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 10 broken-up passes, 59 solo tackles, 2 defensive touchdowns, and 3 receiving touchdowns

First player to record a 2nd 20-sack season

First unanimous Defensive Player of the Year in NFL history

Best MLB Player

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

2014 World Series MVP

Lowest ERA (.43) in a World Series since Sandy Kofax in 1965

Most innings pitched in postseason history (52.2)

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2014 NL MVP & Cy Young Award

MLB-leader in wins (21) and ERA (1.77)

Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

2014 AL Cy Young Award

269 strikeouts (2nd most in the AL)

18 wins (tied for most in the AL)

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Led NL in HRs (37), slugging percentage (.555), and total bases (299)

2nd in NL in RBIs (105), on-base percentage (.395), on-base + slugging (.950), and walks (94)

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

AL MVP & All-Star MVP

Posted AL-leading 111 RBIs and MLB-leading 115 runs scored

Best NHL Player

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

2015 Playoff MVP (Conn Smythe Trophy)

Recorded the most assists in the playoffs (18) and tied for 4th-most points (21)

Joined Bobby Orr as the only other defensemen to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and score the Stanley Cup-winning goal

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

League-leading 53 goals, 10 more than next best.

Tied for 4th-most points (81)

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

As a goalkeeper, led the league in wins (44), goals against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

2nd in the league in points (86)

4th in goals (38)

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

21 points in the playoffs (10 goals, 11 assists)

Helped lead the Blackhawks to their 3rd NHL title in 6 years

Best Driver

Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA

Won the 2014 NHRA Pro Stock Championship

Named “Racer of the Year” by Racer Magazine

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One

2014 Formula One World Champion

Kevin Harvick, NASCAR

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

2014 Driver of the year

Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar

Won the 2015 Indy 500

Will Power, IndyCar

2014 IndyCar Series Champion

Best NBA Player

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

2015 NBA MVP, led the Warriors to a league-best 67-15 record and their first NBA Championship in 40 years

Broke his own 3-point record with 286 treys

48.7 FG%, 44.3% beyond the arc, 91.4% from the free-throw line

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Led the NBA in blocks (200, 2.94 blkpg)

League-leading player efficiency rating (30.89 PER)

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Ranked 2nd in scoring (27.4 ppg) and a far-away 1st in free-throws made (715).

Led Rockets to 2nd-place finish in the West, despite the team’s numerous injuries.

2nd in 2015 NBA MVP voting

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Led his team to 53 regular season wins and the 2015 NBA Finals in his first season back in Cleveland

Led the NBA Finals in points (35.8), rebounds (13.3), and assists (8.8)

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Led the NBA in scoring (28.1 ppg)

Put up 11 triple-double performances, 7 more than his closest competition

Best WNBA Player

Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock

2014 WNBA Most Improved Player

2nd in the league in scoring with 20.1 PPG; 4th in assists with 5 APG

Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

2014 Defensive Player of the year

Led the league in blocks (3.8 blocks per game)

Team won 2014 WNBA Finals

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

2014 WNBA MVP

Set WNBA record with 12 30+ point games

2014 FIBA World Championship MVP

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

3rd in the league in scoring with 19.4 PPG

5th in both assists (4.3) & blocks (1.4)

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Led Mercury to a 29-5 regular season and to victory in the 2014 WNBA Finals, their 3rd Championship

2014 WNBA Finals MVP

Best Fighter

Donald Cerrone, MMA

Undefeated in a busy 5-fight year

Current 8-fight UFC winning streak is the longest in the lightweight division and 3rd longest among active UFC fighters

Terence Crawford, Boxing

Named 2014 “Fighter of the Year” by The Boxing Writer’s Association of America and ESPN

Current WBO and IBA Light Welterweight champion

Gennady Golovkin (GGG), Boxing

Successfully defended his middleweight title in 4 separate bouts in the past year

Deemed a “super champion” in the middleweight category

Improved record to 33-0 with 30 KOs

Floyd Mayweather Jr, Boxing

Defeated Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision to bring his record to 48-0

Ronda Rousey, MMA

Defended the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title with two record-speed wins

Beat her own 16-second record with a 14-second armbar submission

Best Male Golfer

Rory McIlroy

2014 PGA Player of the year, 2014 PGA Tour Player of the Year, and 2014 Arnold Palmer Award (PGA money leader)

Won the 2014 British Open and the 2014 PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth, Men’s Golf

Won the 2015 Masters and 2015 US Open

2nd-youngest person to win the Masters; youngest US Open winner since 1923

Tied Tiger Wood’s 72-hole Master’s record; broke records for best 36-hole and 54-hole scores

Billy Horschel

Won the 2014 FedEx Cup

Best Female Golfer

Lydia Ko

Became the youngest golfer ever (17) to be ranked world #1

2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year

Tied Annika Sörenstam’s LPGA record for most consecutive rounds under par (29)

Stacy Lewis

2014 LPGA money leader and Player of the Year on points

Runner up in 2015 Ana Inspiration

Inbee Park

Finished 2014 world #1

Won the 2014 LPGA Championship, the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions, and the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (her 3rd consecutive)

Best Male Tennis Player

Marin Cilic

2014 US Open Champion

Became just the 2nd Croatian to ever capture a Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic

Won the 2015 Australian Open, the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals

2014 ATP Player of the Year, finishing World #1

Roger Federer

Became the older player ever (33) to finish 2nd in ATP rankings

Joined Jimmy Connor and Ivan Lendl in the 1000-win club

Stan Wawrinka

2015 French Open Champion

In 2014, became the first player since Andre Agassi to win his first Grand Slam and first Davis Cup in the same year

Best Female Tennis Player

Simona Halep

Finished world #3 on 2014 WTA Tour

Runner-up in WTA Tour Final

Petra Kvitova

2014 Wimbledon Champion

Led the Czech team to their 3rd Fed Cup victory in 4 years

Maria Sharapova

Finished world #2 on 2014 WTA Tour

Reached her 4th Australian Open final in 2015

Serena Williams

Won the 2014 US Open, 2015 Australian Open, and 2015 French Open

Became 5th women’s tennis player to be world No. 1 for at least 200 weeks

Best Male College Athlete

Jack Eichel, Boston University Hockey

2015 Hobey Baker Award winner for best college hockey player

League leader in points (71), assists (45), and plus-minus (+51)

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Basketball

2015 Naismith Player of the Year

2015 Wooden Award

Led Wisconsin to NCAA finals

Marcus Mariota, Oregon Football

Heisman winner

Led Oregon to college football championship

Logan Stieber, Ohio State Wrestling

2015 NCAA tournament MOP

Captured 4th Individual National Championship Title (only the 4th wrestler in history to achieve that feat)

Led Ohio State to their first-ever team National Title

Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt Baseball

Led SEC in hits (91), runs scored (75), total bases (171), and doubles (23)

Drafted 1st overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Best Female College Athlete

Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse

Won her 2nd-straight Tewaaraton Award as the best player in women’s college lacrosse.

Led the Terps to their 2nd-straight national championship

Won her 2nd-straight Honda Sports Award for lacrosse

Missy Franklin, Cal Swimming

NCAA Champion in 200 IM, 200 Freestyle, and 200 Backstroke

2015 NCAA Swimmer of the Year

Broke her own record in the 200 Free

Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball

2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year

Joined Babe Ruth as only other member of the 70/70 club — 70 pitching wins and 70 HRs

MOP of the WCWS

Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball

2014 AVCA DI National Player of the Year

Guided Penn State to their 2nd-straight national title

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball

2015 AP Player of the year, 2015 Naismith Player of the Year

NCAA tournament MOP

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

Ryan Dungey, Motocross

Won 8 of 17 rounds on the 2015 AMA Supercross series, claiming the overall title by a large margin

A very close second overall on the 2014 AMA Motocross series; podiums in all 8 post mid-June events, including 3 wins

Won 2 of the first 5 2015 AMA Motocross events

Tucker Hibbert, SnoCross

Won 8th-straight X Games SnoCross gold, now the longest active streak at X Games

Won 13 of 17 National series SnoCross races and took his 9th overall title

Earned his 100th National series pro-class win

Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding

Decisively won 2015 X Games Skateboard Street gold, his 11-point lead over the silver greater than the margin between 2nd and 6th

2014 Street League series winner; swept the season

Won all three post-XG Austin 2014 Street League stops, won the May 2015 Barcelona Street League comp, and took second at the April 2015 Tampa Pro

Mark McMorris, Snowboarding

Won 2015 X Games gold in both Slopestyle and Big Air

The only double gold medalist in the 2015 X Games

Josh Sheehan, Freestyle Motocross

Landed first-ever FMX triple backflip

Won 2014 X-Fighters series title, which included two victories and a second place after X Games Austin 2014

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

Paige Alms, Surfing

Won the Women’s Best Performance at the 2015 Big Wave Awards

Became the first woman to get barreled at Jaws, one of the biggest, most intimidating waves in the world

Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

Won 5 of the 6 major women’s halfpipe events in 2014/15, including silver at X Games Aspen 2015

Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing

Won another World Surf League title in 2014

Runner-up at the first two WSL events in 2015, before a knee injury at the third competition slowed her season

Laia Sanz, Enduro/motorbike

Claimed her 4th Enduro X gold at X Games Austin 2015

Finished 9th out of 168 in the January 2015 Dakar Rally, as one of only 2 female competitors

Won World Enduro Championship title in 2014

Best Jockey

Javier Castellano

Won 2014 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey of the year (his 2nd straight)

Finished #1 on the 2014 National Earning List at over $25 million

Victor Espinoza

Won the 2015 Triple Crown — Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont stakes

Joel Rosario

Finished #2 on the 2014 National Earning List at over $21.5 million

In April 2015 he surpassed 2,000 career wins

Best Male Athlete with a Disability

Joe Berenyi, Cycling

Earned two world titles at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in men’s C3 3km individual pursuit and 1k time trial.

At the 2015 road nationals, he also won titles in the time trial and road race in the men’s C3 class.

Josh Pauls, Sled Hockey

Named Best Defenseman at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship

Helped the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team win its third gold medal in the last four world championships.

Recorded 13 points in 13 games, including an overtime goal in the championship game of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge, to lead Team USA to an undefeated season for the 2nd time in team history.

On the club level, Pauls tallied 25 points, including 22 goals

Krige Schabort, Triathlon

Won 3 major events in the men’s PT1 (wheelchair) class: the 2015 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon, the 2015 Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships, and the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton event.

Mike Shea, Snowboarding

Ranked #1 in the world in all Paralympic Snowboard disciplines.

Earned the overall World Cup title in Paralympic boardercross; current

US national champion in boardercross.

Won 5 golds and a silver in the 2014-2015 World Cup season

Won gold in the banked slalom event at the 2015 IPC Para-Snowboard World Championships.

Andy Soule, Nordic Skiing

Earned the IPC World Cup Cross Country Overall title after winning five world championship medals.

Made U.S. history with the most medals of any U.S. Nordic skier during a world championships. During the 2014-2015 world cup season, he collected 10 total medals and had four wins.

Best Female Athlete with a Disability

Kendall Gretsch, Triathlon

Earned the title of world champion in the women’s PT1 (wheelchair) class at 2014 worlds in August.

Undefeated in every event she’s competed in, both domestic and international, since May 2014.

Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing

Won the IPC World Cup Cross Country World Cup Overall title

Won two world championship medals and also earned 12 total medals during the 2014-2015 world cup season with a total of eight wins.

Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

Set fours new world records in the women’s T54 400, 800, 1500m, and 5000m events in the 2014 season.

Won the women’s wheelchair division of the 2015 Boston, New York, Chicago, and London Marathons.

Her victory at the London Marathon–where she set a new course record–crowned her the world champion of the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships.

Becca Meyers, Swimming

Set two world records (400m free and 200IM) and earned six medals (four gold, two silver) at the 2014 Pan Pacs.

Set four world records in non-Paralympic events (200m free, 800m free, 1500m free and 50m butterfly) in the 2014-2015 season.

Greta Neimanas, Cycling

Earned her first world champion title at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the women’s C4-5 scratch event.

Earned a third place finish in pursuit.

Best Bowler

Jason Belmonte

2014 Player of the Year

Won the 2015 USBC Masters

Won the 2015 Tournament of Champions

Parker Bohn III

Won the 2015 Players Championship

Tied Mark Roth for 5th on the all-time titles won list

Mike Fagan

Won the 2014 PBA World Championship

Best MLS Player

Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy

19 goals, 14 assists (2g, 3a in playoffs)

2014 MLS MVP

Scored game winning goal in 2014 MLS Cup Final

Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders

17 Goals, 13 assists (0g, 0a in playoffs)

Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution

18 goals, 5 assists (2g, 3a in playoffs)

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

27 goals, 2 assists (4g, 1a in playoffs)

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