Olympic Alpine skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin was nominated for the Best Female Athlete ESPY to be handed out July 16, leading a bevy of Sochi stars on the award candidate lists.
Shiffrin, at 18, became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi. She also won the World Cup season title in the discipline.
Her competition for the Best Female Athlete award includes reigning WNBA Finals MVP and 2012 Olympic champion Maya Moore, 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey, who extended her MMA unbeaten record to 9-0, and NCAA Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, who led 40-0 UConn to the national title.
The last Winter Olympian to win the Best Female Athlete ESPY was another U.S. Olympic champion Alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn, in 2010 and 2011.
The last Best Male Athlete to win primarily off of Olympic achievements was Michael Phelps in 2009. No Winter Olympian has won Best Male Athlete.
Shiffrin was also nominated for Best Female Olympian. The other nominees were Olympic champions Jamie Anderson, Meryl Davis, Maddie Bowman and Kaitlyn Farrington.
The Best Male Olympian nominees are Olympic champions Joss Christensen, Sage Kotsenburg, Ted Ligety, Charlie White and David Wise.
Phelps and Missy Franklin won the Best Male and Female Olympic Athlete titles in 2013.
Wise, Anderson, Bowman and Kelly Clark were nominated for Best Male and Female Action Sports Athlete.
Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability nominees include Sochi Paralympic medalists Mark Bathum, Declan Farmer, Mike Shea, Evan Strong and Tatyana McFadden, Oksana Masters and Laurie Stephens.