Olympic Slopestyle snowboarders Sage Kotsenberg from Park City, Utah and Jamie Anderson from South Lake Tahoe, California conquered athletes from all categories in their winning Best Male and Female U.S. Olympic Athletes at the ESPY Awards Wednesday evening at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
It has been quite the year for Kotsenberg, securing a spot on the Olympic team with a win at the final U.S. Grand Prix event in January and taking home the gold medal in Sochi this past February. After admitting this was his first year attending and being nominated at the ESPYS, Kotsenberg was awarded the trophy for Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete during an interview with pre-show host Cari Champion on the red carpet.
“This is insane,” said wide-eyed Kotsenberg after receiving his award before the show’s commencement. “I did not know this was gonna go down. This is so crazy.”
Anderson, a four-time X Games gold medalist and this year’s inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Olympic gold medalist tweeted “So thankful for the unbelievable year” after winning both Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete and Best Female Action Sports Athlete, beating female snowboarder and GNU teammate Kaitlyn Farrington, figure skater Meryl Davis, Ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin and Halfpipe skier Maddie Bowman.
Words by: Breanna Demont