Shaun White arrives at the 20th Annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. (Getty Images / Frazer Harrison)
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 12) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) took home his fifth straight ESPY for Best Male Action Sport athlete and three time X Games gold medalist Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) earned her first ESPY as Best Female Action Sport athlete Wednesday night during the 20th ESPYs. The annual awards recognize the top athletes and performances from the past year and are decided entirely by public voting. White produced the first perfect score when he won the X Games halfpipe last winter with a score of 100 for his fifth straight X Games halfpipe gold. Anderson won her third X Games slopestyle gold medal last season at Aspen. The sport will make its Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
HIGHLIGHTS • Jamie Anderson and Shaun White took home a ESPYs for Best Action Sports Athletes at the 20th Annual ESPY Awards held Wednesday in Los Angeles. • Anderson beat out Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, Canadian freeskier Kaya Turski and surfer Carissa Moore. • Anderson’s 2011/2012 season consisted of 10 podiums, including two X Games gold medals and second at the TTR World Snowboarding Championships. • This was White’s fifth consecutive ESPY. • White dominated the 2012 snowboarding season with halfpipe gold at the Aspen and European X Games in addition to a slopestyle gold at Euro X. • White beat out surfer Kelly Slater, snowboarder Travis Rice and motocross athlete Ryan Villopoto.