Michael Phelps wins an ESPY Award in the Best Male Olympian category. Also in the running for the award was swimmer, Ryan Lochte and decathlete, Ashton Eaton.
Phelps‘ second ESPY Award of the night is for the Best Record Breaking Performance. Phelps tallied up 22 Olympic Medals throughout his Olympic Career in his fourth and most recent Olympic Games. 18 of his 22 Olympic medals were Gold.
Missy Franklin was nominated for Best Female Athlete as well as Best Female Olympian. Franklin won ESPY for Best Female Olympian. She was nominated for the award with Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, two members of the “Fierce Five.” Tennis player, Serena Williams, won the ESPY for Best Female Athlete.
Along with the Best Male Olympian, Phelps was also nominated for Best Record Braking-Performance, Best Male Athlete, and Best Play, although his best play nomination was for a 153 foot putt, rather than for his swimming abilities. LeBron James won the ESPY for the Best Male Athlete.
Jessica Long was nominated for an ESPY in the category of Best Female Athlete with a Disability. She wins the ESPY for the third time. Also nominated for the award was swimmer, Victoria Arlen, Muffy Davis, Tatyana McFadden, and Shirley Reilly.
Lt. Bradley Snider was nominated for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. Jeremy Campbell, a pentathlon athlete, won the award.
The ESPY for the Best Women’s College Athletic Program went to North Carolina. North Carolina Women’s Swimming finished 15th in the 2013 CSCAA Coaches Poll. UCLA won the ESPY for the Best Men’s College Athletic Program. UCLA has not had a men’s swimming program since the team was cut in 1994.
2013 ESPY Awards:
Best Coach/Manager: Rick Pitino
Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera
Best Male Olympian: Michael Phelps
Best Male Collegiate Athlete: Johnny Manziel
Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay
Best MLS Player: Thierry Henry
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker
Best Championship Performance: LeBron James
Best NBA Player: LeBron James
Best NFL Player: Adrian Peterson
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Colin Kaepernick
Best Comeback: Adrian Peterson
Best Game: Miami Heat Vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 6)
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best Female Athete: Serena Williams
Best Upset: Florida Gulf Coast University over Georgetown (NCAA Tournament)
Best Record Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps
Best Moment: Jack Hoffman – TD run in Nebraska Spring Game
Best Male Athlete: LeBron James
Best Female Olympian: Missy Franklin
Best Male Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Best Female Collegiate Athlete: Brittany Griner
Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic
Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt
Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods
Best Female Golfer: Stacy Lewis
Best Team: Miami Heat
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Jessica Long
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Jeremy Campbell
Best Play: Jadeveon Clowney’s Hit
Best Male Action Sport Athlete: Nyjah Huston
Best Female Action Sport Athlete: Stephanie Gilmore
Best Bowler: Pete Weber
Best Jockey: Joel Rosario
Best Men’s College Athletic Programs: UCLA
Best Women’s College Athletic Programs: North Carolina
Arthur Ashe Award For Courage: Robin Roberts
Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance: Dick and Rick Hoyt