Ledecky was one of 4 women up for Best Female Athlete. Ledecky showed off her absurd range in the pool at last summer’s FINA World Championships, winning events all the way from the 200 freestyle to the 1500 freestyle. That accounted for 4 individual gold medals, and Ledecky also won gold as part of the American 4×200 free relay.
Over the course of 2015, she also set world records in the 800 and 1500 frees.
She was up against college basketball sensation (and new WNBA pro) Breanna Stewart, world champion gymnast Simone Biles and 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne. The ESPY went to Stewart, who won her fourth consecutive NCAA title as part of the UConn women’s basketball team, was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player for a fourth straight season and was selected #1 in the WNBA draft.
Snyder lost his vision in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Navy, and now competes as a swimmer in the S11 Paralympic class. He’s a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and also holds the world record in the 100 free. At the 2015 IPC World Championships, Snyder swept the 50, 100 and 200 frees in the S11 classification.
He was up against sprint runner Richard Browne, cyclist Joe Berenyi, extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham and ice sledge hockey player Nikko Landeros. The ESPY went to Browne, who won 2 gold medals at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships.