Dressel, Ledecky, Snyder, And Long Nominated For 2022 ESPY Awards

The full list of nominees for the 2022 ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) has been released, with swimmers being nominated for five different awards. These accolades are presented by TV network ABC every year to recognize individual athletes and sports teams for their achievements from the past year.

Ten-time Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky headlines this list taking two nominations, having been nominated for the “Best Athlete—Women’s Sports”and “Best Olympian—Women’s Sports” awards.

In the running for the Best Women’s Athlete award, Ledecky will be up against 2020 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Suni Lee, WNBA All-star Candace Parker, and multisport summer and winter Paralympic gold medalist Oksana Masters. Nominees for the Best Women’s Olympic athlete include Ledecky, Lee, Masters, and 11-time Olympic medalist track star Allyson Felix.

At the 2020 Olympic Games, Ledecky won gold in the 800 and 1500 free and silver in the 400 free and 4×200 free relay. Her six individual Olympic titles are the most out of any female swimmer.

More recently, at the 2022 FINA World Championships, Ledecky took home gold in the 400, 800, and 1500 free, as well as the 4×200 free relay. She won her 21st and 22nd World Championships medals at that competition, passing Natalie Coughlin as the most decorated female swimmer in the meet’s history, and becoming the third-most decorated swimmer overall.

Ledecky has been nominated for ESPY awards in the past, being named as a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 Best Women’s Athlete and the 2018 Best College Athlete awards. However, she has yet to win an ESPY.

Caeleb Dressel was another swimmer nominated for an ESPY, being in contention for the “Best Olympian—Men’s Sports” award. He will be competing against 2022 Olympic figure skating singles champion Nathan Chen, track and field Paralympic champion Nick Mayhugh, and Paralympic sled hockey champion Declan Farmer.

Dressel was the most decorated athlete of the 2020 Olympic Games, winning gold medals in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay, and 4×100 medley relay. He broke world records in both the 100 fly and the 4×100 medley relay at that meet.

Other swimmers in the conversation for ESPY awards include paratriathlon athlete Brad Snyder and 29-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long, who were nominated for the men’s and women’s editions of the “Best Athlete With A Disability” awards respectively. Long previously won the Best Female Athlete With A Disability award twice.

Winners for ESPY awards are decided entirely by fan voting, and will be announced on July 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM Central Time on ABC Network. To vote for your favorite swimmers, check out the links below:

Other swimmers who have won ESPYs in the past include Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Dara Torres, Erin Popovich, Mallory Weggemann, and the U.S. Men’s 400 free relay from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Go Kamminga Go
5 months ago

I’d vote on Dressel

Chlorine Cole
5 months ago

This might be scary to say… but I think dressel might have fallen off
And thats on Yash

Last edited 5 months ago by Chlorine Cole
Notanyswimmer
Reply to  Chlorine Cole
5 months ago

His stroke has gotten progressively worse since 2019.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Chlorine Cole
5 months ago

Given how adamant he was about preferring non-straight-arm freestyle over the years, his switch to the mainly one-sided straight arm makes me wonder if he tweaked (or worse) something in his shoulder that caused him to alter his recovery to avoid pain to make it more straight-arm, rather than an intentional let’s do straight-arm to get the 50 free record and then that causing a shoulder issue. Of course we don’t know if it’s a shoulder issue or that the bathroom stalls were inadequate for changing at Worlds. The other noticeable thing was his relative (for him) lack of hops — just did not get his usual separation from the field. Age or a new knee issue? Sure would be… Read more »

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

I thought the same thing about the explosiveness off the start. Just didn’t seem to have that pop he normally does.

Johnsinswim school
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 months ago

New training.
New adjustments.
Troy gone.
He needs to talk to him..
I would

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Johnsinswim school
5 months ago

And another year older. There’s a reason the slam dunk competition is populated with younger guys.

Tony
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Neither every sport, nor every event within a sport. is the same. Why are you so obsessed with (mistakenly) labeling guys in their mid-20s as old?

skatingfan
5 months ago

Nathan Chen is best

Jamesabc
5 months ago

I didn’t realise 6 was the most individual Olympic golds that any female swimmer has. I guess because Phelps has so many I assumed a woman would have more than 6. Egerszegi second with 5.

Phelps has the most overall medals with 28. Thompson, Lochte, Torres and Coughlin are all tied for second with 12.

Spitz, Biondi and McKeon are all on 11.

Then Ledecky, Hall Jr, Schmitt and van Almsick on 10.

Barring major drops in form or injury, it seems likely that Ledecky and McKeon will both jump ahead of 12 and be #2 and #3 after Paris (not sure which order though…)

Swammer12
Reply to  Jamesabc
5 months ago

Winning an individual Gold at Olympics a’int easy. If not mistaken, the 6 individual event races Ledecky has won at the Olympics are the most individual event “races” won by any female Summer Olympic athlete in ANY sport involving competitive races (for example, swimming, track, cycling, etc.) Though perhaps not an exhaustive list, the number of individual (non-relay) event Summer Olympic Gold medals won by some other top, high-profile female Summer Olympic “racers” over the years:  Krisztina Egerszegi (5), Janet Evans (4), Debbie Meyer (3), Shane Gould (3), Dawn Fraser (3), Katinka Hosszu (3), Kristin Armstrong (3), Florence Griffith Joyner (2),  Yui Ohashi (2), Kaylee McKeown (2), Tracy Caulkins (2), Rebecca Soni (2), Natalie Coughlin (2), Emma McKeon (2), Ariarne Titmus (2),… Read more »

aquajosh
Reply to  Swammer12
5 months ago

Yana Klochkova (UKR) won the 200/400 IM in 2000/2004 for four individual golds AND the double/double.

Jojorab
5 months ago

Dressel has gone dead silence on IG. I hope he’s ok. does anyone seen him after the championship?

Tony
Reply to  Jojorab
5 months ago

The silence on IG isn’t unusual, but surely GoldMedalMel or someone at SwimSwam knows something by now.

Hank
Reply to  Jojorab
5 months ago

I hope he doesn’t read the SwimSwam comments. If you had Covid would you want the whole world to know it?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Hank
5 months ago

If you had Covid, who cares? Everyone has had it and it’s not that big of a deal to let people know as much. I’m hoping it’s not a mental health issue, but the secrecy isn’t helping with all the speculation.

SwimFan
5 months ago

Is best Olympian supposed to be voted on by their performance at the most recent olympics or by their performance in their sport in the 2022 calendar year? I believe it’s just the last year given the end of the 1st paragraph, but not totally sure how people usually vote.

If the former, Dressel should win. If the latter, he definitely should not win.

Cate
Reply to  SwimFan
5 months ago

His category in the ESPYs is the “best male Olympian”. That is what it states in the article. The Olympics weren’t in the 2022 calendar year.

Tony
Reply to  Cate
5 months ago

I don’t know. But, it’s fair to say that the award involves at least the second half (if not all of) 2021 and either none or the first half of 2022. After all, 2022 still has 6 months to go, and the nominations are already released.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Cate
5 months ago

Unfortunately, there’s no category for “best male has-been Olympian.”

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

I don’t know, people still call some King for that one time they won Olympic gold.

Tony
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

That one would go to Kyle Chalmers.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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