Totaling a combined three nominations, Team USA Skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Snowboarder Zach Miller have been nominated for this year’s ESPYs awards. An acronym for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, ABC broadcasts the award ceremony to recognize individual and team athletic achievement, with notable nominations such as Patrick Mahomes, Lionel Messi, and Caitlin Clark joining Shiffrin and Miller this year.
Mikaela Shiffrin earned nominations in two categories this year: the first nomination is in the category Best Athlete in Women’s Sports (which she has been nominated for twice previously), and the second for Best Record-Breaking Performance. These nominations come after Shiffrin became the winningest skier (both men’s and women’s) this season with her 88th World Cup victory and 6th consecutive World Championships gold medal. Other notable achievements from Shiffrin include a 35.3% World Cup win rate out of 249 starts, 138 World Cup podiums, and an Olympic Medal collection of two Golds and one Silver.
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Zach Miller tallied one nomination for the category Best Athlete With a Disability. Miller was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been enjoying the freedom of snowboarding for over 15 years. As of this season, Miller added a World Championship gold medal in the Banked Slalom Team Event and a silver medal in the Dual Banked Slalom to his collection and participated in the Paralympics for the first time. Miller’s trophy collection includes five World Championship Medals composed of two Gold, one Silver, and two Bronze since 2019.
These contestants face stiff competition for their awards and need your vote to win. For the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports category, Mikaela Shiffrin is up against soccer player Sophia Smith, tennis player Iga Świątek, and basketball player A’ja Wilson. As for the Best Record-Breaking Performance category, Shiffrin competes against tennis player Novak Djokovic, basketball player Lebron James, and F1 racer Max Verstappen. Zach Miller faces sled hockey player Erica McKee, wheelchair racing and cross country ski athlete Aaron Pike, and wheelchair racing athlete Susannah Scaroni to win the award for Best Athlete With a Disability.
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