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Women Make ESPYS History

Women Make ESPYS History
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Hey there, Chics!

While we all may not be huge sports fans, womankind can rejoice because this year the 27th Annual ESPYS (an award show that recognizes individual athletes and athletic teams for various achievements) is being hosted by a female! Finally!! In the ESPYS’ 26-year history, a woman has NEVER been selected to host.

ESPN recently announced that former American race car driver Danica Patrick will be hosting this year’s ESPYS awards ceremony. This is huge for all women in the sports entertainment industry because quite frankly, we ladies don’t get enough credit or recognition in the sports arena.

Our girl Danica is considered the most successful woman in the history of IndyCar racing and, although the 36-year-old just recently retired from race car driving, she is clearly the most recognizable female figure in the motorsports industry, so her selection is appropriate and timely.

Other women being recognized at ESPYS on July 18th are:

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski

  • Took home gold in giant slalom and silver in super combined at the Winter Olympics
  • Captured the women’s World Cup overall title for the second-straight year

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx

  • Led the Lynx to their fourth WNBA title in seven years, which tied the record for most titles by a single franchise
  • Won both the regular season MVP and the Finals MVP

Chloe Kim, Snowboard

  • At 17, she became was the youngest woman to ever win Olympic gold in the halfpipe after recording a near perfect score
  • Took home gold in superpipe at X Games Aspen 2018

Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer Team

  • Named 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year
  • After shifting to defensive midfielder, Ertz proved impactful on both sides of the ball, finishing second in goals scored (6) in Team USA international play

 

BEST OLYMPIC MOMENT

Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski

        • Women’s cross-country skiing debuted at the Olympic Winter Games in 1952. It would take nearly 70 years for Team USA to medal in the event. But when Jessie Diggins came from behind to cross the finish line just 0.19 seconds ahead of her Swedish opponent, Diggins and teammate Kikkan Randall celebrated more than the end of a drought. They celebrated a hard-earned gold.

USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

        • USA defeated Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win gold for the first time in 20 years
        • After a scoreless overtime, Team USA triumphed in the shootout after a circus goal from Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and a win-clinching save from Maddie Rooney.
      • The game inverted the gold medal showdown of Sochi, which Canada won in OT

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Sloane Stephens, Tennis

      • Won 2017 US Open, becoming only the fifth unseeded woman to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era
      • Won the 2018 Miami Open
      • 2018 French Open runner up

BEST GAME

USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

      • USA defeated Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win gold for the first time in 20 years
      • After a scoreless overtime, Team USA triumphed in the shootout after a circus goal from Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and a win-clinching save from Maddie Rooney.
      • The game inverted the gold medal showdown of Sochi, which Canada won in OT

BEST TEAM

USA Women’s Ice Hockey

      • USA defeated Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win Gold for the first time in 20 years
      • Returned the favor to Canada, who had beaten them in overtime in 2014.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball

      • Won the national title in a comeback victory over Mississippi State
      • Weathered the loss of four players to capture their program’s second championship

BEST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER

Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team

      • MVP of Euro 2017
      • Led Netherlands to their first-ever Euro title
      • Named Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team

      • Became the all-time leading scorer in NWSL history
      • The top goalscorer in the inaugural Tournament of Nations

Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team

      • Member of the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Squad of the Season
      • Member of the UEFA Women’s European Championship All-Star Team
      • As a captain, led Denmark to their first-ever UEFA Women’s Euro final

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE

Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimming

      • Won the 500 and 1650-yard freestyle events by record margins and anchored the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team
      • Helped Stanford to two consecutive NCAA titles

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina Basketball

      • 2018 Wooden Award Winner
      • Wilson averaged 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds, with 105 total blocked shots
      • Her Gamecocks went 29-7, winning the SEC tournament championship and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

      • Became first WNBA player to hit 1,000 career 3-pointers

BEST DRIVER

Brittany Force, NHRA

      • Won the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel Championship
      • Just the second woman to ever win the Top Fuel title
      • Raced to a career-best four victories

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

      • 2017 All-WNBA First Team
      • Helped guide the Lynx to the #1 seed in the league with a 27–7 record
      • Averaged 18.3 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in the playoffs en route to fourth WNBA Championship title in seven years

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

      • 2017 All-WNBA First Team
      • Led the Sparks to the No. 2 seed and a 26-8 record
      • Set the record for most steals in a finals game (5)

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx

      • Won both the regular season MVP and the Finals MVP
      • Led the Lynx to their fourth WNBA title in seven years

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings

      • 2017 All-WNBA First Team
      • Averaged 18.5 ppg as well as a career-high in assists (5.8) and rebounds (3.5)

BEST FIGHTER

Rose Namajunas, UFC

      • Upset an undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the first round to win the Strawweight belt. Jedrzejczyk closed as a favorite of more than 8-1
      • Defeated Jedrzejczyk again in her first title defense

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Shanshan Feng

      • Recorded her first three-win season in 2017, including a title defense at the TOTO Japan Classic and a win the next week at the Blue Bay LPGA
      • Became the first player from China, male or female, to become No. 1 in the world

Inbee Park

      • Won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, marking the third time a South Korean player has won the competition that was created in 2011
      • Park finished as a runner-up at the ANA Inspiration

Ariya Jutanugarn

      • Won the 2018 US Women’s Open Championship

Sung-Hyun Park

      • Named 2017 LPGA Player of the Year & Rookie of the Year
      • Won the 2017 US Women’s Open Championship

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Sloane Stephens

      • Won the 2017 US Open
      • Won the 2018 Miami Open
      • 2018 French Open runner-up

Caroline Wozniacki

      • Finished 2017 with two WTA titles at WTA Finals Singapore and the Pan Pacific Open
      • Won her first major title at the 2018 Australian Open

Simona Halep

      • Won the 2018 French Open

Garbine Muguruza

      • Won 2017 Wimbledon,
      • French Open semi-finalist
      • Ranked #4 in the world

 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Chloe Kim (USA), Snowboard

      • At 17, she became was the youngest woman to ever win Olympic gold in the halfpipe after recording a near perfect score
      • Took home gold in superpipe at X Games Aspen 2018

Jamie Anderson (USA), Snowboard

      • Won her second Olympic gold medal and won a silver in the big air event
      • First female snowboarder to win more than one Olympic gold medal
      • Took home gold in slopestyle and bronze in Big Air at X Games Aspen 2018

Brighton Zeuner (USA), Skateboard

      • Became the youngest (13) X Games gold medalist at X Games Minneapolis 2017
      • Came in 2nd at the Vans Park Series in 2017

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Surf

      • Won her fifth Roxy Pro title on the WSL Championship Tour
      • Won the Maui Pro Women’s title

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN

Chloe Kim, Snowboarding

      • At 17, she became was the youngest woman to ever win Olympic gold in the halfpipe after recording a near perfect score

Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

      • gold in giant slalom
      • silver in the super combined

Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding

      • Won her second Olympic gold medal in slopestyle, as well a silver in big air
      • First female snowboarder to win more than one Olympic gold medal

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women’s Hockey

      • Helped secure a gold medal for Team USA with her stunning shootout goal

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing

      • Won five medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze) in biathlon and crosscountry competition
      • Most decorated athlete on the team and in the history of the Para Nordic program

Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding

      • Swept the women’s LL1 snowboarding competition, taking gold in both snowboard-cross and banked slalom.
      • Only U.S. athlete to go undefeated in individual competition at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing

      • Won gold in the women’s sitting biathlon sprint to become the first American to win a biathlon gold at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
      • Claimed gold in the 12-kilometer cross-country competition and picked up four top-10 finishes

Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

      • Swept gold medals in all four of her events – including the T54 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter – to tie for the most medals of any athlete at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London
      • Improved her record to 22 world major marathon series victories with wins in Chicago in 2017 and Boston in 2018

BEST NWSL PLAYER

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars

      • Set a new NWSL record when she scored 4 goals in a single game
      • Won the NWSL Golden Boot and MVP award after finishing the 2017 season with a record-breaking 17 goals

Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign

      • Recorded 12 goals in 2017
      • Finalist for NWSL MVP

Sam Mewis

      • Nominated for MVP in both the NWSL and US Soccer Player of the Year

Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

      • Named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year
      • Set a regular-season record in shutouts (11)
      • Helped the Thorns win the NWSL Championship in a 1-0 shutout over the North Carolina Courage

Don’t forget to tune in to the ESPYS next Wednesday night to show some love and support for these accomplished women! Until next time, Chics!

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