ESPN is knee-deep in preparations for their ESPY Awards (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award), and once again, several outstanding Red Bull athletes have been nominated 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 and catch the awards show live on ESPN HD on Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn
The most decorated U.S. skier in FIS World Cup history, Lindsey turned in amazing performances throughout 2010. She wrapped up her 2010 season with 11 total wins, becoming the first American skier to win three disciplines in a single season, taking the Downhill, Super G and Super Combined titles, as well as the overall World Cup title.
She also earned Olympic gold in Downhill and bronze in Super G, and was named both the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and the Laureus Sportswoman of the year. Vonn is a previous ESPY winner, earning the nod for Best Female Athlete and Best Olympic Female Athlete last year.
Best Championship Performance: Tim Lincecum
Lincecum helped lead his team, the San Francisco Giants, to their first World Championship since 1954 last year, racking up impressive postseason stats that included four wins in five starts and 43 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched, including a franchise record 14 strikeouts in a single postseason game. “The Freak” was an integral part of the win for the Giants, who are also nominated for Best Team.
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Travis Pastrana
What more can be said about Travis Pastrana? Arguably action sports’ most celebrated and well-known icon, Pastrana’s fearless antics in freestyle motocross, rally racing and general mayhem with his Nitro Circus Live cohorts have put him at the top of the entertainment scale for thrill-seekers and sports fans everywhere.
Travis ushered in 2010 on New Year’s Eve by setting a new world distance jump record in his rally car, sailing 269 feet over Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, live on ESPN. He collected two more X Games gold medals in Freestyle and Speed & Style, even throwing a double backflip after he had already secured the Freestyle gold. Travis continues to push all limits, and we’ll most likely see him on the ESPY nomination list for years to come.
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Ashley Fiolek
Women’s motocross athlete Ashley Fiolek continues to charge ahead in her field, successfully defending her X Games Women’s Super X gold medal in 2010. Fiolek’s autobiography, “Kicking Up Dirt,” was released in 2010, chronicling her story, which has proved to be an inspiration to girls and aspiring sports stars with disabilities around the world. She was also honored at the 2010 Courage in Sports Awards for her accomplishments in action sports and charitable work within the deaf community.