This year’s ESPYS Awards ceremony saw many talented and worthy athletes from the US and from around the world distinguished in multiple disciplines and categories.
The ESPYS Awards Distinguish US and World Athletes
The ESPYS Awards held on Wednesday distinguished a number of American and international athletes who have worked hard to arrive at the very top of their respective fields. The 27th edition of the ceremony was hosted by comedian Tracey Morgan in Los Angeles. The ceremony featured multiple known names from the world of American sports with the most accomplished ones winning a distinction.
Zion Williamson, the talented Duke basketball player, was distinguished in Best College Athlete. Another basketball player, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the title for the Best NBA Player this year, a well deserved awarded and he similarly landed Best Male Athlete.
Even though the Bucks didn’t clinch the title this year, Antetokounmpo was largely seen as the Most Valued Player (MVP) in the 2018-2019 NBA Season.
Some of the most important distinctions were shared by women athletes, with the Best Team award going to none other than the hugely successful U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, which won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Inspired by the success of the athletes, fans have called for equal pay between the male and female soccer squads in the country Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe being some of the most vociferous supporters of the idea.
Brooks Koepka may have missed a few titles along the way this year, but his name appeared in the list of the best golfers and he was subsequently handed the award itself.
Roger Federer became the Best Male Tennis Player andSerena Williams was successfully nominated and won in Best Female Tennis Player.
The rest of the awards featured popular names, such as Lionel Messi who may have been ousted out of Argentina’s national team, but he still clinched the title for the Best International Men’s Soccer Player.
And the Biggest Upset Is…
There were some great upsets as well when Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua in the first fight Joshua held in the United States.
While Ruiz’s has been described as a foodie, he has knocked out Joshua in their first match at the Madison Square Garden (MSG) on June 1. Another boxer who clinched a well-deserved title was Canelo Álvarez who won in Best Boxer.
Meanwhile, Katelyn Ohashi went viral with her performance at a collegiate gymnastics competition, with Ohashi winning the audience and judges with charm and heart-felt performance. Ohashi got a full 10 for her easy-going manner and flawless showing. A video of her performing has been watched over 46 million times on YouTube.
Jim Calhoun, a Hall of Famer, and prominent figure in basketball, has been distinguished for his efforts in teaching collegiate basketball at the University of Saint Joseph at the Division III level.
The list of winners goes on and it features other note worthy athletes, to name Mike Smith, Daniel Cormier, Chloe Kim, Nyjah Huston, and others.