An Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY Award) is an honor given by ABC, and previously ESPN, in order to acknowledge achievement amongst college and professional athletes. The first ESPYS were hosted in 1993 and award winners are selected through online voting from fans. There are many talented women who qualify for ESPY awards in 2018 and here there are! If you want to throw any of them (or many of them) a vote, you can do so here.
Best Female Athlete Nominees
Best Breakthrough Athlete Nominees
Tennis player Sloane Stephens is the only woman nominated for this category.
Best Team Nominees
Two female teams made the list for this year: USA Women’s Ice Hockey and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball.
NHRA drag racer Brittany Force is the only woman competing for the title of Best Driver.
Best International Women’s Soccer Player
These four women know what they’re doing no matter where in the world they’re playing:
Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team
Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team
Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team
Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National Team
Best Fighter Nominees
Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial artist Rose Namajunas is the sole female nominated for this category.
Best Female Golfer Nominees
Here are four female golf pros that deserve some recognition:
Best Female Tennis Player
These women are some of the world’s most talented tennis players:
Best College Athlete
Two women have been nominated for Best College Athlete: Katie Ledecky, who swims at Stanford University, and A’ja Wilson, a basketball player at South Carolina.
Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Here are the pros when it comes to action sports:
Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboard
Jamie Anderson (USA) Snowboard
Brighton Zeuner (USA) Skateboard
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) Surf
Best Female Olympian
These Olympian athletes are looking to take home another win with this ESPY award:
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Jocelyne Lamoreux-Davidson, U.S. Women’s Hockey
Best Female Athlete With A Disability
These incredible women are able to excel in their sports against all odds:
Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field
And let’s not forget that this year’s ceremony is being hosted by a woman for the first time ever: Danica Patrick.