The nominees have been announced and the polls are open for the 2013 ESPY Awards, honoring the year’s best moments in sports: Best Record Breaking Performance, Best Female Tennis Player, Best Comeback -- you get the picture. ESPN scored by getting Jon Hamm to host this year’s awards show, airing on July 17. He might not be a pro athlete, but he is Don Draper. He’s also pretty funny.
We’re honored to see that several Red Bull athletes got some ESPY love. German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, one of just three drivers who can claim to have won three F1 championships in a row, is up for an ESPY for Best Driver. In 2012 he nabbed first place at three F1 Grands Prix (Korea, Japan, and Singapore), and this year he shot to first place at the F1 Grand Prix of Canada.
French soccer star Thierry Henry is nominated for Best MLS Player. Henry joined the New York Red Bulls three years ago, and since mid-2010 he’s scored 36 goals in 79 games, the second-highest number in the league. Last year, the World Cup, UEFA Champions League and European Championship winner was a finalist for the League’s Most Valuable Player and he got a spot on both the MLS All-Star Team and the Best XI for the second-straight time in his career.
Rising tennis star Victoria Azarenka is up for an ESPY for Best Female Tennis Player. The top-ranked player in the world won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2012, along with wins at Sydney, Doha, Indian Wells, Beijing and Linz. She earned two medals at the London Olympics: a bronze for women’s singles, and a gold for mixed doubles.
Brazilian skater Pedro Barros (pictured above and at top) is honored with a Best Male Action Sports Athlete nomination this year. Armed with a wicked 540, Barros (who’s barely 18) has mastered the bowl and the vert ramp. In 2012 he won the Vans Bowl-A-Rama in New York, and this year he’s won the Vans Bowl-A-Rama in Sydney and the top honor at X Games Skateboard Park in both Brazil and Spain.
Pro snowboarder Mark McMorris is competing with Barros for a Best Male Action Sports Athlete ESPY. He earned gold in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen this year, and won in Davos at the O’Neill Evolution with a big backside double cork 1260. The Canadian was named TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the kid is just getting started.
So get off the couch and get your ESPY votes in, and check out the show on July 17 to see if your picks get to storm the stage.
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