Jamie Anderson

Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Carlsbad, Calif., and Jamie Anderson, 3-time X Games gold medalist from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., took home ESPN’s 2012 Espy Awards this week. 

 

It was nothing new for White as his award for Best Male Action Sport Athlete was his fifth straight. But, it was a first for Anderson who was honored as Best Female Action Sport athlete. 

 

It was 20th time around for the ESPY awards that recognize “the top athletes and performances from the past year.” ESPY’s are awarded solely by public voting.

 

White produced the first perfect score of 100 when he won the X Games halfpipe last winter at Aspen (the X Games are an ESPN-produced event). It was his fifth straight gold medal in X Games halfpipe competition. Anderson’s gold medal in Slopestyle was her third. Slopestyle competition will make its debut in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia in 2014.

 

White beat out surfer Kelly Slater, snowboarder Travis Rice, and motocross athlete Ryan Villopoto. Anderson surpassed Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, Canadian freeskier Kaya Turski, and surfer Carissa Moore in votes

 

White, Anderson Earn ESPY Awards

 

Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Carlsbad, Calif., and Jamie Anderson, 3-time X Games gold medalist from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., took home ESPN’s 2012 Espy Awards this week. 

 

It was nothing new for White as his award for Best Male Action Sport Athlete was his fifth straight. But, it was a first for Anderson who was honored as Best Female Action Sport athlete. 

 

It was 20th time around for the ESPY awards that recognize “the top athletes and performances from the past year.” ESPY’s are awarded solely by public voting.

 

Anderson’s gold medal in Slopestyle was her third. Slopestyle competition will make its debut in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia in 2014. White beat out surfer Kelly Slater, snowboarder Travis Rice, and motocross athlete Ryan Villopoto. Anderson surpassed Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, Canadian freeskier Kaya Turski, and surfer Carissa Moore in votes

Photo: Jamie Anderson, (FayesVision/WENN)