ESPN has released its list of nominees for the 2012 ESPY Awards. Short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, the ESPYS are the Oscars of the sports world. And at a July 11 ceremony inside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, eight of Red Bull's outstanding athletes will be recognized as nominees for the prestigious honor. Launched in 1993, the ESPYS provide a way to recognize the best athletic achievements of the year, with sports fans casting their votes to determine the athlete of the year in multiple categories. So make your voice heard -- cast your vote for your favorite Red Bull athlete.
Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn
The most decorated U.S. skier in FIS World Cup history, Lindsey Vonn turned in a typically stellar performance during her 2011-2012 campaign. She ended the season ranked first overall, first in the Downhill World Cup, first in the Super-G World Cup, first in the Super Combined World Cup, and second in the Giant Slalom World Cup.
Rajon Rondo: Best NBA Player
The long-limbed, triple-double machine for the Boston Celtics averaged 11.9 Points, 11.7 Assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game during the regular season and 17.3 /11.9 / 6.7 during a playoff run that included a handful of transcendent performances. His signature performance came against the Miami Heat in the second game of the second round, when he registered 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while playing every minute of the Celtics overtime loss to the Heat.
Lexi Thompson: Best Record-Breaking Performance
At 12, Lexi Thompson was the youngest person to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Last year, she broke another record when at 16 years, seven months, and eight days, she became the youngest golfer to ever win a LPGA event by capturing the Navistar LPGA Classic.
Sebastian Vettel: Best Driver
After becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Formula One world championship in 2010, Vettel repeated as champ in 2011 and helped Red Bull Racing to its second consecutive constructors' title. His special skills were on full display at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix, the biggest race of the season. After switching to a one-pitstop strategy on the fly, Vettel raced on one set of tires for an absurdly long 56 laps, en route to winning the grand prix. He is currently second in the world standings in his quest for a three-peat.
Carissa Moore: Best Female Action Sports Athlete
The 20-year old Hawaiian-born natural-footer was dominant during her 2011 campaign. En route to her first ASP Women's World Title, Moore won three of the tour's seven events and made it as far as the finals in three other events. In fact, Carissa's worst result in 2011 was a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.
Travis Rice : Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Last year represented the pinnacle of snowboarder Travis Rice's storied career. Already considered the best all-around snowboarder on the planet, Rice shocked sports fans with his performance in Curt Morgan and Chad Jackson's highly anticipated film "The Art of Flight" by launching the kind of awe inspiring maneuvers -- the sorts that have traditionally only been attempted on groomed, avalanche controlled terrain -- on big mountains. The resulting footage has redefined what's possible on a snowboard.
Kaya Turski: Best Female Action Sports Athlete
The undisputed queen of slopestyle, Turski, 24, captured her third consecutive Winter X Games gold medal this year when she landed a switch 1080; she's the only women who can do the trick.
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