Olympians, Paralympians at the ESPYs (photos)

Jamie Anderson

Olympians scattered the crowd at the ESPYs in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, including Sochi stars and several summer athletes in team sports.

The Olympics weren’t quite as big a part of the broadcast as in 2013, when Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte made Jon Hamm‘s monologue, but a few took home awards. Here are some of the notable attendees:


Sochi Olympic bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator interviewed Olympians and Paralympians for TeamUSA.org.

Sochi Paralympic snowboard bronze medalist Amy Purdy was in the recently released ESPN the Magazine “Body Issue.”


The 12-time Olympic swimming medalist Dara Torres honored her alma mater, the University of Florida, for winning the women’s Capital One Cup.

Olympic slalom champ Mikaela Shiffrin was nominated for Best Female Athlete, won by 2008 judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey.


Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg won the Best Male Olympian ESPY.


Kotsenburg’s female counterpart, Jamie Anderson, won Best Female Olympian and Female Action Sports Athlete.


Olympic ski halfpipe gold medalist Maddie Bowman was nominated for Best Female Olympian.

Four-time Olympic medalist Alpine skier Julia Mancuso (center) was in the “Body Issue” in 2010.


Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones also met 1976 Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner in Los Angeles.

Olympic halfpipe champion Kaitlyn Farrington was nominated for Best Female Olympian.

Olympic ski slopestyle gold medalist Joss Christensen walked the red carpet with ski halfpipe Olympian Brita Sigourney.


Paralympic sledge hockey champion Declan Farmer won the ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

source: AP

Farmer’s teammate, Josh Sweeney, won the first Pat Tillman Award for Service.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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