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Best Female Athlete ESPY Award


Best Female Athlete ESPY Award

The Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Female Athlete ESPY Award, has been presented annually since 1993 to the female, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best athlete in a given calendar year.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1]

List of winners

Four athletes, American football (soccer) player Mia Hamm, Swedish golfer Annika Sörenstam, American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, and American tennis player Serena Williams, have won the award twice. Hamm was honored in 1998 and 2000, Sörenstam in 2005 and 2006, Vonn in 2010 and 2011, and Williams in 2003 and 2013.

Year Athlete Nation represented Sport
1993 Monica Seles Yugoslavia Tennis
1994 Julie Krone United States Thoroughbred horse racing
1995 Bonnie Blair United States Speed skating
1996 Rebecca Lobo United States Basketball
1997 Amy Van Dyken United States Swimming
1998 Mia Hamm United States Football (soccer)
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw United States Basketball
2000 Mia Hamm United States Football (soccer)
2001 Marion Jones United States Track and field
2002 Venus Williams United States Tennis
2003 Serena Williams United States Tennis
2004 Diana Taurasi United States Basketball
2005 Annika Sörenstam Sweden Golf
2006 Annika Sörenstam Sweden Golf
2007 Taryne Mowatt United States Softball
2008 Candace Parker United States Basketball
2009 Nastia Liukin United States Gymnastics
2010 Lindsey Vonn United States Alpine skiing
2011 Lindsey Vonn United States Alpine skiing
2012 Brittney Griner United States Basketball
2013 Serena Williams United States Tennis
2014 Ronda Rousey United States Mixed martial arts

Winners by sport contested

Sport contested Winners (awards) Winners (individuals)
Basketball 5 5
Tennis 4 3
Alpine skiing 2 1
Association football 2 1
Golf 2 1
Track and field 1 1
Gymnastics 1 1
Softball 1 1
Speed skating 1 1
Swimming 1 1
Thoroughbred horse racing 1 1
Mixed martial arts 1 1

Winners by nation represented

Nation represented Winners (awards) Winners (individuals)
United States 19 16
Sweden 2 1
Yugoslavia 1 1

See also


  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.


  • Enumeration of past winners from
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