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So, last night the ESPY awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California to recognize the best male and female athletes in the World.

ESPY Awards 2018

For the 26th year of the show, Danica Patrick was the host. Not only is the ESPY awards important in awarding excellence in sports performance; but it also recognizes courage, grit and performance with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

And, this years recipient was Jim Kelly. After recovering from skin cancer in an uphill battle, Jim spoke about the importance of faith. In fact, his battle with cancer has been a challenge over the last few years as he continues to fight this disease.

2018 ESPY Award Winners

First and foremost, this year’s award show was dominated by athletes from the Winter Olympics. Be sure to check out our Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony post to read more about some of the winners.

Indeed, this year’s award ceremony had a lot of great moments to look back on. For instance, the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first Super Bowl, the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup and the Houston Astros Winning their first World Series. Due to the Eagles winning their first Super Bowl, Nick Foles won the award for Best Championship Performance.

However, the best team of 2018 went to the Houston Astros. Although the Astros won as the best team, they didn’t win for the best game. That honor went to the USA Women’s team defeating Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Also, Alexander Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals won as Best Male Athlete. To read more about Ovechkin, visit our Washington Capitals Win First Stanley Cup post.

And, best female athlete chosen was Chloe Kim in snowboarding. Another big Olympic moment went to Shaun White for snowboarding.

In addition to the above awards, awards were given out for best breakthrough athlete, best play in bracket style voting, best record breaking performance, best driver, best international women’s and men’s soccer player.

  • NFL Player – Tom Brady of the New England Patriots
  • NHL Player – Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals
  • NBA Player – LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MBA – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels

ESPY Additional Award Categories

Additionally, some of the other categories that were given awards to were:

  • Olympian – Male and Female
  • WNBA Player
  • Fighter,
  • Male and Female Golfer
  • Male and Female Tennis Player
  • Sports Action Athlete – Male and Female
  • Best Jockey
  • Best Bowler
  • Male and Female Athlete with a Disability
  • MLS Player
  • NWLS Player

Did you watch the ESPY Awards?

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