Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Nyjah Huston and Jamie Anderson win major ESPYS

Action sports’ best athletes were recognised with a host of nominations and awards at the 2014 ESPYS in Los Angeles last night.

The awards, presented by ESPN, applaud yearly excellence in a variety of sports and categories, and performances from the Olympics, X Games Austin and X Games Aspen were all celebrated.

Multiple X Games gold medallist Nyjah Huston, won Best Male Action Sports Athlete, while Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson won the women’s award.

Huston has dominated street skateboarding for years and, despite being just 19, won his sixth gold at X Games Austin in June, while also dominating the Street League Skateboarding World Tour.

The American saw off competition from nominees including Big Wave World Tour champion Grant Baker, Snowmobile SnoCross legend Tucker Hibbert, Motocross rider Ryan Villopoto and halfpipe skier David Wise.

 Nyjah Huston won his 6th gold medal at X Games in Austin this year 

Slopestyle joined the Olympic program for the first time at Sochi 2014 and Anderson took home the first-ever Olympic gold in the discipline. She also bagged silver at X Games Aspen 2014, adding to her medal total which includes four golds.

The snowboarder from California was also one of a host of action sports personalities to appear in the famous ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue last week.

Freestyle skier Maddie Bowman, halfpipe snowboarding’s Kelly Clark, Motocross rider Vicki Golden and ASP World Tour Champion surfer Carissa Moore were also nominated.

There were also wins for action sports stars in other categories including Best Male US Olympic Athlete, which was won by Sage Kostenburg, while Anderson doubled up by taking the women’s equivalent.

For a full list of the nominees and winners from extreme and action sports categories see below!

 Jamie Anderson on her way to another X Games silver medal in Aspen 

Best Male Action Sports Athlete:

Grant Baker, Surfing

Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobile

Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding - Winner

Ryan Villopoto, Motocross/Supercross

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

Best Female Action Sports Athlete:

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle - Winner

Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing

Kelly Clark, Snowboard Superpipe & Halfpipe

Vicki Golden, Moto Racing

Carissa Moore, Surfing

Best Male Athlete With a Disability:

Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing

Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey - Winner

Raymond Martin, Wheelchair Racing

Mike Shea, Snowboarding

Evan Strong, Snowboarding

 Sage Kotsenburg won the first ever men's slopestyle snowboarding Olympic gold this year 

Best Female Athlete With a Disability:

Minda Dentler, Handcyclist

Oksana Masters, Sitting Skier

Tatyana McFadden, Sitting Skier/Track & Field

Laurie Stephens, Alpine Monoskier

Jamie Whitmore, Para-cycling - Winner

Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete:

Joss Christensen, Slopestyle Skiing

Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Slopestyle

Ted Ligety, Alpine Skier

Charlie White, Ice Dancing

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete:

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle

Maddie Bowman, Halfpipe Skiing

Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing

Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard Halfpipe

Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skier

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