US Ski and Snowboard team athletes win big at ESPYs
U.S. Ski & Snowboard stars Chloe Kim, David Wise and Shaun White took home six ESPY awards between them in a big night for snow sports at the 2018 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 18.
Chloe Kim, winner of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games gold medal in women’s halfpipe snowboarding, left the event with three awards - Best Female Athlete, Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Best U.S. Female Olympian. Chloe Kim’s U.S. Snowboard teammate Shaun White added to his ESPY awards collection with wins in the Best Olympic Moment and Best U.S. Male Olympian categories. David Wise, double Olympic gold medallist, won the Best Male Action Sports Athlete award.
In total, eight U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes were nominated for 2018 ESPY awards, with superstars Mikaela Shiffrin and Red Gerard joining Chloe Kim, David Wise and Shaun White at the events in Los Angeles.
“This is a very big night for everyone at U.S. Ski & Snowboard who work so hard with our incredibly talented athletes to help their dreams come true,” said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard who attended the 2018 ESPY Awards. “These awards, voted for by the public, show how much love and support there is for our athletes among sports fans, and what they’ve achieved is receiving the recognition they deserve.”
Moving on to the finale of the event, Tiger said, “everyone who watched the awards tonight could not fail to be moved by the many amazing stories that were showcased, but to finish the event with so many brave survivors on stage together, highlighting the horrific abuse they had to endure, was the right thing to do. Ridding sport of the scourge of abuse of all kinds has to be the priority for anyone engaged in sport at all levels today, and to give those fearless athletes the stage was exactly the sort of tribute the world of sport should be making to the brave people who brought this issue into the spotlight. If you or anyone you know is affected by abuse, report it. Go to SafeSport.org for more information.”
-Courtesy US Ski & Snowboard Team