Retired swimming champion Michael Phelps and Rio Olympics medalist-gymnast Simone Biles


Annual awards to be bestowed by ABC network in ceremonies to be held on July 12


LOS ANGELES – Retired swimming champion Michael Phelps and Rio Olympics medalist-gymnast Simone Biles are vying for best male and female athletes for the ESPYs.

The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award is bestowed by US network ABC, and previously by sports network ESPN, to recognize individuals and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding the annual ceremony.

ABC came out with the list of nominees on Wednesday.

Along with Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, the other nominees for best male athlete are: National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder’s star guard Russell Westbrook.

Biles is joined by swimmer Katie Ledecky, tennis great Serena Williams and Candace Parker of the WNBA champion LA Sparks in vying for best female athlete. Biles and Ledecky won four gold medals each in their respective sporting events in Rio.

The other categories and respective nominees are:

Best championship performance – Quarterback Tom Brady of the 2017 Superbowl champion New England Patriots and Golden State Warriors forward and 2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

Best record-breaking performance – Westbrook and Phelps.

Best breakthrough athlete – US soccer midfielder Christian Pulisic, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

Best international athlete – Jamaican sprinter and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, UFC champion Conor McGregor and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. GAC/Expat Media


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