INDIANAPOLIS - Elite track and field athletes Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Amy Palmiero-Winters have each been nominated for a 2010 ESPY award.
This year's 18th annual ESPYs will be hosted by Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers. He will be joined by an all-star lineup of top athletes and entertainers to celebrate the best sports stories of the year. The broadcast will be aired live for the first time since 2003 on ESPN tonight at 9 p.m. ET from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Also for the first time this year, fans can vote on an ESPY category during the ceremony.
Nominated for Best Track and Field Athlete, two-time Olympian Felix was the 2009 World Outdoor champion in the 200m (22.02). She was the 2009 USA Outdoor 200m champion in the same time, and won the 100m (11.72) just a few weeks ago at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines. In the 2008 Olympic Games, Felix was a member of the gold medalist 4x400m relay and won a silver medal in the 200m (21.93). She was also the silver medalist at the 2004 Games in the 200m (22.18).
Also nominated for Best Track and Field Athlete, two-time IAAF World Athlete of the Year and Jesse Owens Award winner, Sanya Richards-Ross was nominated for her 2009 World Outdoor Championship victory in the women's 400m. She finished in a swift 49.0 seconds, posting a world's best time and earning a ranking of 1st in the world by Track & Field News. Her newly minted gold medal added to her three World Outdoor relay and two Olympic relay medals to take her gold medal count to six.
Ultra-marathoner Palmiero-Winters, the first amputee to qualify for a U.S. national track and field team, is nominated for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. She was the first athlete with a disability to compete on an able-bodied team when she ran in the IAU Ultrarunning World Championship 24-hour run in Brieve France in May. Palmiero-Winters was also the first amputee to finish the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run in June. In April she won the AAU Sullivan Award, given annually to the top amateur athlete.
Also in the running with Richards-Ross and Felix for Best Track and Field Athlete is Jamaica's Usain Bolt, the 2009 Outdoor World Championship gold medal winner in the men's 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.68) dashes.
Started in 1993 by the cable sports channel ESPN, the annual ESPY Awards features the best athletes and coaches from across all sports. Fans worldwide join to vote for their favorites in such categories as Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete, Best Coach/Manager and Team of the year. With an award also recognizing charitable work outside the sports arena, a portion of the proceeds from the show are donated to The V Foundation charity.
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