Olympic gold medalists Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson received awards for Best Male and Female Olympian at the 2014 ESPY Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (July 16) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes walked away with three awards at the 2014 ESPY Awards. Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) won Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Best Female U.S. Olympian. Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT), who opened the Olympics winning gold in slopestyle snowboarding’s debut, won Best Male U.S. Olympian. The USSA was the most represented sports organization at the 2014 ESPY Awards with nine Olympic athletes nominated in five categories. Sochi Olympians Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), David Wise (Reno, NV), Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT), Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID), Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) also received nominations. The USSA played a key role in advancing new events like slopestyle into the Olympics.
Two USSA athletes received awards at the 2014 ESPYs on July 16th
Jamie Anderson won Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Best Female U.S. Olympian.
Sage Kotsenburg won Best Male U.S. Olympian.
The USSA had a total of nine athletes nominated for awards in five categories.
Best Female Action Sports Athlete/Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete – Jamie Anderson After earning a silver medal in slopestyle snowboarding at X Games Aspen, Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) came out on top at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, winning the gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding’s debut.
Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete – Sage Kotsenburg After a strong showing during the 2014 Olympic qualification process, Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) walked away from Sochi with the first U.S. Olympic gold medal of the games and the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding slopestyle.
Sage Kotsenburg, Best Male U.S. Olympian
So stoked to get my ESPY! It all seems so unreal still. Being in the audience with all those athletes that I look up to was awesome. I am so thankful for everything. Thank you to everyone that made this happen by voting!