Vonn Wins ESPY and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award
It was a big week in Los Angeles featuring both the 2019 ESPY Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sport Awards on Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard alumna and winningest female alpine ski racer in history Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) took home the ESPY for Best Moment and the Nickelodeon "blimp" in the Need for Speed category.
The ESPYS were hosted by former Saturday Night Live comedian Tracy Morgan at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. The ESPYS Awards show highlights the most significant moments over the past year in athletics and attracts some of the top personalities in sports and entertainment. The event celebrates athletes overcoming challenges, breaking barriers and pushing their sports.
Vonn didn't just have one moment, rather she capped off her career with 82 World Cup victories; eight World Championship medals, including two gold in downhill and super-G at the 2009 World Champs in Val d’Isere, France; three Olympic medals, including the downhill gold at the 2010 Games in Whistler, Canada; and a record 20 FIS Ski World Cup titles.
The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sport Awards were hosted by former NFL star Michael Strahan at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show, which honors athletes for their incredible work in the sports world over the last year, is a lighthearted, playful and fun show where kids and athletes get to hang out in a laid-back environment and enjoy entertainment by athletes and musicians both. This year, Vonn took home the Need for Speed award.
After winning the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY, U.S. Ski & Snowboard star Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) backed that up with a Nickelodeon blimp for Famous Action Sports Star.
It was a big night, once again, for Co-Captain of the U.S. Women's National Team and two-time World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe received the Generation Change Award for 2019 at tonight’s ceremony. The award, presented by 13-year-old pro soccer player Olivia Moultrie, honors Megan’s passion to create positive changes, build social movements, and make sports and the world a more equal playing field when it comes gender, race and LGBTQ+ rights.
Make sure to catch the 2019 Kids’ Choice Sports awards on Aug. 10 at 8/7central on Nickelodeon to see Vonn and the "Team Slime Slammers" get slimed as two star-studded teams went head to head in the first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Championship - a mega-competition made up of sports-themed challenges.