2013 ESPYS: The Show, The Winners

Posted Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 AM GMT

Making much of the year’s top athletes, the 2013 ESPY Awards too place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre LA Live earlier this evening (July 17).

With Vintage Trouble serving as the house band and Jon Hamm manning the emcee position, the 21st edition of the ESPYS was a raging success, complete with plenty of Tinseltown celebrities as well as sports stars.

The night’s big winner was the Miami Heat, which scored the top prize for best team, while LeBron James and Serena Williams took home the awards best male and female athlete respectively.

As for the celebrity presenter roster, folks like Don Cheadle, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Ben Affleck, Selena Gomez, Jason Sudeikis, Chrissy Teigen, Lake Bell, and Kevin Bacon all turned out for their chance to pass out the evening’s trophies.

The complete list of 2013 ESPYS Winners is:

BEST MALE ATHLETE
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
• AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
• Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs
WINNER LeBron James, Miami Heat
• Won his fourth NBA MVP, second straight Finals MVP
• Led the Heat to a second straight NBA title and franchise-record 66-16 mark
• Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
• NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
• Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes
Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
• Won four golds and two silver medals at London Olympics
• His gold in the 200 IM made him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnastics
• Won gold medal in Women’s All-Around at London Olympics
• Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
• First American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around
Missy Franklin, Olympic Swimming
• Won four gold medals and a bronze at London Olympics
• Won a gold in the 100 backstroke and set a world record in the 200 backstroke
• Became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s Basketball
• Swept all major player of the year awards
• Ended her career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748)
• No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points.
WINNER Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis
• Won the 2012 Wimbledon and US Open singles championships
• Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles
• Won the 2013 French Open singles title

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP
• Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over 49ers
• Completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns
WINNER LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP
• Led the Heat to an NBA title in 7 game series over San Antonio Spurs
• Averaged 25.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 7.0 apg over course of Finals
• Had 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 assists in Game 6, 37 pts and 12 reb in Game 7
Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
• Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
• Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led
Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP
• 3 HR in Game 1 of World Series, first to do so in his first 3 plate appearances
• Hit .500/.525/1.125 over the 5 game series

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
WINNER Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
• Became the starting QB in Week 11 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl
• Threw for 1814 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while rushing for 415 yards and 5 TDs in the regular season
• Had 798 yards and 4 TDs passing, 264 yards and 3 TDs rushing in the playoffs
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football
• Won 2013 Heisman Trophy, first freshman in history to do so
• The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
• First player in MLB history with 34 hits, 7 HR in first 20 games
• Through 20 games hit .442 with 14 RBI
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
• First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
• AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
• 3rd round pick led Seattle to playoffs, and tied rookie record with 26 TD passes
• Threw for 3118 yards with a 100.0 QB rating, rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass
• Broke Unitas’ record with a touchdown pass in 48 straight games
• Unitas held the mark for a half-century
• Brees’ streak extended to 54 games
Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record
• Passed Rice’s mark in Week 16, finishing the season with 1,964 receiving yards
• The record had stood since 1995
WINNER Michael Phelps most decorated Olympian
• Finished his career with 22 medals spanning three Olympics
• Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record of 18
Abby Wambach sets international scoring record
• Broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals by scoring four against South Korea
• Wambach scored 160 goals in only 207 international matches, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches

BEST UPSET
WINNER Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, NCAA men’s basketball tournament
• 15th-seeded FGCU beat 2nd-seeded Georgetown 78-68
• The Eagles went on to become the first 15 seed to make the Sweet 16
Louisville over Baylor in Sweet 16, NCAA women’s basketball tournament
• Top seeded Baylor entered the game 34-1, having won 32 straight
• 5th-seeded Louisville went on to the national championship game
Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao, Boxing
• In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Pacquiao
• The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999
Texas A&M over Alabama, College football
• #15 Texas A&M upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 29-24
• Alabama’s lone loss of the season

BEST GAME
Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, AFC Divisional Playoff
• Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard FG in the 2nd OT to give the Ravens a 38-35 upset victory over the Broncos
• Jacoby Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with :38 left in regulation that brought the Ravens back from the brink
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7
• Down three goals midway through the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored in the closing minute of regulation to tie it, then won it in the extra session
• The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win the seventh game of a playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period
WINNER Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals Game 6
• Spurs had a five point lead with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter
• The Heat rallied and tied the game on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 5 seconds left
• Heat went on to win in OT 103-100

BEST MOMENT
WINNER Jack Hoffman touchdown run in Nebraska Spring game
• Hoffman is a 7-year old die hard Cornhusker fan battling brain cancer
• After befriending Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, he was invited to participate in the Huskers’ spring game, and ran for a long touchdown in the 4th quarter
Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal
• The US tied the game on an Abby Wambach penalty kick in the 80th minute
• Morgan sent the US to the finals on a header in the 123rd minute, in the second period of extra time
Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon, with a gold medal in Olympics
• 4 weeks after a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray met Federer again at the All England Club in the gold medal match
• Murray beat the world number one in straight sets, becoming the first British man to win singles gold in the Olympics since 1908
Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts
• The first year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia after Week 3
• Pagano’s battle with the disease inspired an improbable Colts playoff run
• Pagano returned to coach the team in Week 17, leading the Colts to a 28-16 victory over the division champion Houston Texans

BEST TEAM
Alabama football
• Won the BCS Championship in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame
• It was their third BCS title in four years
Baltimore Ravens, NFL
• Defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to win the Super Bowl
• Beat the top seeded Broncos and 2nd seeded Patriots en route to Super Bowl
Chicago Blackhawks, NHL
• Defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley
• Started the season with 24 straight games without a loss in regulation, the best start in NHL history
WINNER Miami Heat, NBA
• Won second straight NBA Finals in seven games over San Antonio Spurs
• Had franchise record 66-16 record, included 27 straight wins
Oklahoma Softball
• Won the WCWS championship by sweeping Tennessee in finals
• Finished the season 57-4
San Francisco Giants, MLB
• Swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for their second title in three years
• Rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the Reds in the NLDS and Cardinals in the NLCS
US Women’s Gymnastics Team
• The “Fierce Five” of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney captured the team gold medal by beating Russia
• First gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for the US since 1996

BEST COACH/MANAGER
Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals
• Took over the Colts for Chuck Pagano after Week 3,
• Led the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned in Week 17
• 2012 AP Coach of the Year
Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball
• Led the Huskies to their 8th national championship with a 35-4 record
• Beat Notre Dame in Final Four, avenging three previous losses to Notre Dame
John Danowski, Duke Lacrosse
• Won his second national championship in four years
• After losing 4 of their first 6 games, bounced back to win 14 of next 15
WINNER Rick Pitino, Louiville Men’s Basketball
• First NCAA Division I coach to win a championship with two different schools
• Led Louisville to a 35-5 record
Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat
• Led Miami to second NBA title
• Had franchise record 66-16 record
• 27 game winning streak, second best in NBA history

BEST COMEBACK
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
• Missed entire 2011 season due to neck injury
• Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
• AP Comeback Player of the Year
WINNER Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
• Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of 2011 season
• Started Week 1 just 9 months after surgery
• NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
• Only played 45 games in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a home plate collision
• In 2012 became 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title (.336) and World Series in the same season
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
• Misssed most of 2012 season after tearing an ACL during batting practice
• Returned in 2013 at age 43, among the league leaders in saves

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
WINNER Usain Bolt, Athletics
• Won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics
• First to win back-to-back 100m golds since Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988
Novak Djokovic, Tennis
• First player to be year-end No. 1 in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
• Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship
Juan Manuel Marquez, Boxing
• In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Manny Pacquiao
• The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999
Lionel Messi, Soccer
• Awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 3rd consecutive year
• Scored 91 goals in a calendar year, shattering a 40 year old record
• Led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey league cup title and La Liga season title
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
• Led Real Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup Chamiponship
• Scored 62 goals in 62 games for club and national teams

BEST NFL PLAYER
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
• Set single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards
• Had 122 receptions and 5 TDs
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
• Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
• AP Comeback Player of the Year
WINNER Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
• NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
• Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
• Led NFL with 108.0 QB rating
• Threw for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs to only 8 INTs
J. J. Watt, Houston Texans
• Led NFL with 20.5 sacks
• AP Defensive Player of the Year

BEST MLB PLAYER
WINNER Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
• AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
• Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs
R. A. Dickey, Mets/Blue Jays
• First knuckleballer to win 20 games in a season since 1980
• NL Cy Young award winner, led league in strikeouts and shoutouts
Buster Posey, Giants
• 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title and World Series in the same season
• Led NL with .336 batting average
David Price, Rays
• AL Cy Young award winner, led AL in ERA (2.56)
• 20-game winner
Mike Trout, Angels
• First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
• AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

BEST NHL PLAYER
WINNER Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
• Appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference
• Tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), and first in points per game (1.56).
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
• Posted 24-16 record and 2.05 goals against average during regular season
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
• Led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy
• Tied for third in the league in points (56), ranked first in power play goals (16)
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
• Led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy
• Ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)
John Tavares, New York Islanders
• Finished third in goals with 28, had nine power play goals and five game-winning goals
• Helped the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007

BEST DRIVER
WINNER Ryan Hunter-Reay
• 2012 IndyCar Series Champion, first American since 2006
• Won three straight races, and four overall
Tony Kaanan
• Won 2013 Indianapolis 500
• Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in lap 198 to win his first Indy 500
Brad Keselowski
• Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
• Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led
Sebastian Vettel
• Captured his third consecutive Formula One title
• Became the youngest triple champion in series history

BEST NBA PLAYER
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
• Led NBA in scoring in 2012-13 season (28.7 ppg)
• Led Knicks to first playoff series win since 2000
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
• Averaged 27.3 ppg. during 2012-13 regular season
• Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
• Was second-leading scorer in 2012-13 NBA regular season (28.1 ppg)
• Averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game
WINNER LeBron James, Miami Heat
• Won his fourth NBA MVP award, second NBA Finals MVP
• Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
• Helped lead Spurs to the NBA Finals
• Averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.6 assists per game

BEST WNBA PLAYER
Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
• Led the Fever to its first WNBA championship
• WNBA Finals MVP
Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun
• Led WNBA in rebounding during regular season (10.5 rpg.)
• Fifth in scoring at 18.0 ppg
• Captured her third straight rebounding title
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
• Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (21.4 ppg)
• Averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year
WINNER Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
• Averaged 17.4 ppg during 2012 regular season
• Averaged 9.7 rpg
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx
• Led the WNBA in assists during regular season (5.39 apg.)
• Dished out five or more assists in 22 games

BEST FIGHTER
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Boxing
• Beat Austin Trout to unify 154-pound title
Danny Garcia, Boxing
• Moved to 24-0 with 15 KOs with a 4th-round upset of Amir Khan to unify the light-welterweight title
• He went on to KO Erik Morales in his next fight
Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA
• Defeated Chael Sonnen in most recent title defense
WINNER Floyd Mayweather, Boxing
• Moved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero
Anderson Silva, MMA
• Defeated Stephan Bonner in most recent title defense
• Last loss was in 2006

BEST MALE GOLFER
Rory McIlroy
• Eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship
• Won the money title and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2012
• Youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997
Justin Rose
• Won 2013 US Open
• Five top 10 finishes in 2013
Adam Scott
• Won 2013 Masters
• Runner-up in 2012 British Open
Brandt Snedeker
• Won the FedEx Cup title
• Won The Tour Championship
WINNER Tiger Woods
• Returned to No. 1 ranking for first time since 2010
• 4 tour victories in 2013 and five top 10 finishes

BEST FEMALE GOLFER
WINNER Stacy Lewis
• 2012 LPGA Player of the Year
• Won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in 2013
Inbee Park
• Led the LPGA in money earning with $2,287,080 in 2012
Jiyai Shin
• Won the 2012 women’s British Open by nine shots
• Produced the biggest margin at the British since it became a major in 2001
Na Yeon Choi
• Won 2012 Women’s US Open

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
WINNER Novak Djokovic
• Clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
• Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship
Roger Federer
• Won his record 17th Grand Slam singles championship and record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles championship
Andy Murray
• Captured his first Grand Slam singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the 2012 U. S. Open
• Won the Olympic gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the finals
Rafael Nadal
• Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times when he won 2013 French Open

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Victoria Azarenka
• Finished 2012 as No. 1 ranked player in WTA
• Lost in the finals of the 2012 U. S. Open
Maria Sharapova
• Equaled her best season to date, finishing number two in the world
• Won three WTA titles
WINNER Serena Williams
• Earned her fourth U. S. Open singles title in 2012
• Won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012
• Won the 2013 French Open singles title

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Trey Burke, Michigan basketball
• Won nearly every major college basketball player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard
• Led the Wolverines to the national championship game
Kyle Dake, Cornell wrestler
• Etched himself into wrestling history with a fourth NCAA championship at an unprecedented fourth weight.
• Dake outlasted defending 165-pound champion David Taylor 5-4
Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State hockey
• Won Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player
• Bounced back from injury last year to register 13 goals and 50 points
WINNER Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football
• 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, first freshman in history
• The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women’s lacrosse
• Named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
• Helped the Tar Heels to claim the school’s first-ever NCAA title with a 13-12 victory against top-ranked Maryland
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer
• The midfielder led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over Penn State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup
• She scored goals in the first four games of the tournament and assisted on goals in both College Cup games, including the game-winner against Stanford
WINNER Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball
• Swept all of the nation’s player awards the last two seasons and ended her four-year career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748) and female dunker (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma Softball
• Led Oklahoma to the national championship
• Named Most Outstanding Player in the WCWS
• Finished the season with a 35-1 win/loss record

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE
Pedro Barros
• Has three straight X Games SKB Park gold medals
WINNER Nyjah Huston
• Dominating win at the X Games Street League Skateboarding contest in Foz do Iguaçu
• Gold medal at X Games LA in Real Street in 2012
• Gold medal at X Games Barcelona in Street League Skateboarding
Mark McMorris
• Gold medal in X Games Aspen Slopestyle
• Won Slopestyle at Burton US Open and Dew Tour Breckenridge event
• Claimed overall World Snowboard title in slopestyle and third in Big Air
Ryan Villopoto
• Returned from ACL surgery to claim 2013 AMA Supercross title
• In 2013 AMA Motocross, has won 8 of 10 motos and 3 of 5 overalls

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE
Kelly Clark
• X Games SuperPipe gold at both Aspen and Tignes
• Overall titles on the FIS World Cup and World Snowboard Tour series
Leticia Bufoni
• X Games gold in Women’s Street at Foz do Iguaçu and in the Real Women video competition at Barcelona
• Women’s Street silver medal at X Games LA
• Claimed overall 2012 World Cup Skateboarding crown for women’s street
WINNER Stephanie Gilmore
• Won her 5th ASP World Tour points crown in 2012
Laia Sanz
• 2013 X Games Enduro X gold medals at Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona
• Won FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship and FIM Women’s Trial World Championship in 2012

BEST JOCKEY
Javier Castellano
• 321 wins, over $22 million in earnings, 31 graded stakes wins (eight Grade 1)
Ramon Dominguez
• 329 wins, over $25 million in earnings and 25 graded stakes wins (10 Grade 1)
WINNER Joel Rosario
• Rode Orb to the Kentucky Derby title
• Also won the $10 million event in Dubai
John Velasquez
• 185 wins, over $19 million in purse earnings and 34 graded stakes wins (14 Grade 1)

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
WINNER Jeremy Campbell, Athletics
• Set a Paralympic record en route to his second consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in the men’s discus
• At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Campbell threw 60.19 meters, a new world record in the men’s discus (F44)
Jeff Fabry, Archery
• After shattering his bow in the men’s compound W1 semifinals competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeff Fabry prevailed to make it to the gold medal match, where he became the first American archer to win a Paralympic gold medal since 1984
Raymond Martin, Athletics
• Wheelchair racer won four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, 100, 200, 400 and 800m
• Prior to the Games, he also took first place honors in the 200, 400 and 800m races at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and also set the world record in the men’s T52 200m.
Bradley Snyder, Swimming
• Won gold medals in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics
• Won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle
Tyler Walker, Skiing
• Took home the men’s sitting speed event trophy at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Victoria Arlen, Swimming
• Won four medals at 2012 Paralympics, a gold and three silvers
• Set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle
Muffy Davis, Paracycling
• Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, two in individual events: women’s H1-2 time trial and H1-3 road race, and a third in the H1-4 team relay
WINNER Jessica Long, Swimming
• Won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics (five gold, two silver and one bronze)
• Set two world records (400m freestyle & 100m freestyle) and the five gold medals were in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle
Tatyana McFadden, Athletics
• Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, 400, 800 and 1500m events. She also won bronze in the 100m sprint
• Also won the women’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon hours before the deadly explosions near the finish line.
• Six days later, she won the London Marathon in the same division.
Shirley Reilly, Athletics
• Captured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Paralympics with a time of 1:46:33

BEST BOWLER
Jason Belmonte
• Won USBC Masters for his first major title and sixth career Tour title
Scott Norton
• Won Earl Anthony Players Championship for third career title
• Won Chameleon Championship at Geico World Series of Bowling IV
WINNER Pete Weber
• Won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions
• First player to complete PBA Triple Crown for a second time
• Oldest player to win Tournament of Champions

BEST MLS PLAYER
WINNER Thierry Henry, Red Bulls
• 15 goals and 12 assists in just 25 matches, helping New York qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
• Tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, helping San Jose finish first in the Western Conference
Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City
• The midfielder had five goals and an MLS-high 15 assists to lead Sporting Kansas City to first place in the Eastern Conference.

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Ashton Eaton, Athletics
• Won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points
Ryan Lochte, Swimming
• Won five medals (including two gold) at 2012 Olympics
• Won the Men’s 400m IM … (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); seventh male swimmer with five or more medals at single Olympics
WINNER Michael Phelps, Swimming
• Won gold in the 200m Individual Medley, making him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics
• Phelps won a 17th gold in 100 butterfly, his final individual race in London.

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
• Won the gold medal in the all-around
• Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
• Became the third straight American to win Women’s All-Around gold
• Is the first American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around.
WINNER Missy Franklin, Swimming
• Finished with four golds and a bronze at London Olympics; became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
• Won Olympic gold medal in women’s 100m backstroke
• Set a world record in the 200m backstroke
Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
• The first American to win the gold medal in the floor exercise
• Also earned gold as a member of the U.S. team all-around winner

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