Mikaela Shiffrin leads ESPY-nominated Olympians

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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 AndersonMeryl DavisMaddie Bowman and Kaitlyn Farrington.

The Best Male Olympian nominees are Olympic champions Joss ChristensenSage Kotsenburg, Ted LigetyCharlie 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 BathumDeclan FarmerMike SheaEvan Strong and Tatyana McFaddenOksana Masters and Laurie Stephens.

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Posted by Mikaela Shiffrin on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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