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ESPY Awards 2022: Full List of Winners is Here

The ESPY Awards 2022 was a star-studded affair. The acronym ‘ESPY’ stands for ‘Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly.’ These awards are held every year to recognize and honor individual and team athletic achievements.

The award ceremony took place on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. Continue reading to know whether your favorite athlete took the prestigious trophy home or not?

Who won the award for Best Athlete at the ESPY Awards 2022?

The biggest honor of the night, the award for Best Athlete went to Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels in the male category. Meanwhile, in the female category, the award was bagged by Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.

When we ponder over the Best Breakthrough Athlete, freestyle skier, Eileen Gu, took the award home. Stephen Curry secured the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance as he made history with the most 3-pointers in an NBA game.

Not only that, but Curry also won the award for Best NBA Player at the ESPY Awards 2022. In his award-winning speech, he joked and said, “The only reason I really wanted to host is I thought that I would be able to present myself with the award.”

Megan Rapinoe was named the Best Play for her unbelievable kick from the corner. The soccer player also put in a word for the United States to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home from her detainment in Russia. Golden State Warriors player, Klay Thompson was handed over the award for Best Comeback. Golden State Warriors took home the award for the Best Team.

Gretchen Evans was honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service while Dick Vitale captured the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols won the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Noor Abukaram, Kendall Dudley, Sydney Moore, Alicia Serratos, and Lucy Westlake bagged the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award.

More details about ESPY Awards 2022

This year, the ESPY Awards were hosted by none other than Golden State Warriors Champion Stephen Curry. We must say, Steph surely knows how to put up a good show for his fans. His wife Ayesha and their two daughters, Riley and Ryan also joined him for the award show. The Curry family brought their A-game to the red carpet of the ESPY Awards 2022.

And just when we thought Stephen Curry’s year couldn’t get any better it just did on Wednesday. He won many trophies this year including the All-Star Game MVP, the Western Conference Finals MVP, the NBA Finals MVP and the 2022 NBA championship and now he has added two more awards to his award cabinet.

The ESPY Awards 2022 took place on Wednesday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and was broadcast on ABC. Curry kickstarted the award show with a monologue in which he took jabs at various teams and players as well. At one point, he even offered Grant Williams a chance to wear one of his rings.

After a while, Draymond Green’s podcast happened and it had everyone in splits. The audience laughed its head off all the way throughout his podcast. Soon afterward, we saw Stephen crack a couple of jokes that were left on the cutting room floor.

During the award show, Curry also went on to say that Celtics is his child. He also mocked plenty of NBA fans, including those of the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat. He performed many skits throughout his hosting gig and did a pretty good job with it.

Some of the biggest names in the world of sports marked their presence at the ESPY Awards 2022. Title IX was also mentioned several times throughout the night. We also got to hear some strong messages at the award show. Overall, the award show was full of beautiful and memorable moments that are going to last forever.

Take a look at the complete list of winners for the ESPY Awards 2022

Best Athlete, Men’s Sports
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
*Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels — WINNER!
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Best Athlete, Women’s Sports
Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
*Katie Ledecky, Swimming — WINNER!
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Trinity Rodman, Washington Spirit
*Eileen Gu, Skier — WINNER!
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Best Record-Breaking Performance
*Stephen Curry passes Ray Allen for most 3-pointers made in NBA history — WINNER!
Jocelyn Alo breaks Lauren Chamberlain’s home run record for most in Division I history (96)
Allyson Felix, Track & Field, won her 11th career medal surpassing Carl Lewis for the United States track and field record
Tom Brady becomes the NFL all-time passing yards leader overtaking Drew Brees

Best Championship Performance
*Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl LVI — WINNER!
Julianna Pena, UFC 269
Max Verstappen, F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalance – Stanley Cup Finals

Best Comeback Athlete
*Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors — WINNER!
Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles
Diamond DeShields, Phoenix Mercury
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Best Play
* Unbelievable Corner Kick Goal by Megan Rapinoe — WINNER!
Justin Tucker’s 66-yard NFL record field goal
Ja Morant’s poster dunk
Hansel Emmanuel with the play of the year

Best Team
*Golden State Warriors, NBA — WINNER!
Chicago Sky, WNBA
Atlanta Braves, MLB
Los Angeles Rams, NFL
Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
Colorado Avalanche, NHL

Best Olympian, Women’s Sports
Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
*Katie Ledecky, Swimming — WINNER!
Allyson Felix, Track & Field

Best Olympian, Men’s Sports
Nathan Chen, Figure Skating
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field
*Caeleb Dressel, Swimming — WINNER!

Best Game
*Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in an OT thriller (AFC Divisional Game) — WINNER!
UConn defeats NC State in double OT (Elite 8 NCAA Women’s Basketball)
Kansas’ 16-point rally, which was the biggest comeback in championship game history (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
Bryce Young rallies Alabama to beat Auburn in four OTs (NCAA Football Iron Bowl)

Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports
*Bryce Young, Alabama Football – -WINNER!
Dante Polvara, Georgetown Men’s Soccer
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Men’s Basketball
Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland Lacrosse

Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina Women’s Basketball
Jaelin Howell, Florida State Soccer
*Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma Softball — WINNER!
Charlotte North, Boston College Lacrosse

Best International Athlete, Men’s Soccer
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Sadio Mane, Liverpool
*Kylian Mbappe, PSG — WINNER!

Best International Athlete, Women’s Soccer
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona
*Sam Kerr, Chelsea — WINNER!
Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
Caroline Graham Hansen, Barcelona

Best NFL Player
*Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams — WINNER!
TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Best MLB Player
*Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels — WINNER!
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jorge Soler, Atlanta Braves

Best NHL Player
*Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers — WINNER!
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

Best Driver
*Kyle Larson, NASCAR — WINNER!
Max Verstappen, F1
Steve Torrence, NHRA
Alex Palou, IndyCar

Best NBA Player
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
*Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors — WINNER!

Best WNBA Player
Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury
*Candace Parker, Chicago Sky — WINNER!

Best Boxer
*Tyson Fury — WINNER!
Shakur Stevenson
Katie Taylor
Mikaela Mayor

Best MMA Fighter
Alexander Volkanovski
*Charles Oliviera — WINNER!
Kamaru Usman
Kayla Harrison

Best Athlete, Men’s Golf
Scottie Scheffler
Cameron Smith
*Justin Thomas — WINNER!
Jon Rahm

Best Athlete, Women’s Golf
*Nelly Korda — WINNER!
Ko Jin-young
Lydia Ko
Minjee Lee

Best Athlete, Men’s Tennis
*Rafael Nadal — WINNER!
Dylan Alcott
Carlos Alcaraz
Felix Auger-Aliassime

Best Athlete, Women’s Tennis
*Emma Raducanu — WINNER!
Ashleigh Barty
Iga Swiatek
Leylah Fernandez

Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports
&Eli Tomac, Supercross — WINNER!
Alex Hall, Ski
Yuto Horigome, Skateboard
Ayuma Hirano, Snowboard

Best Athlete, Women’s Action Sports
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Snowboard
*Eileen Gu, Ski — WINNER!
Rayssa Leal, Skateboard
Chloe Kim, Snowboard

Best Jockey
Flavien Prat
Irad Ortiz
*Jose Ortiz — WINNER!
Joel Rosario

Best Athlete With a Disability, Men’s Sports
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field
*Brad Snyder, Paratriathlon & Swimming — WINNER!
Ian Seidenfeld, Table Tennis

Best Athlete With a Disability, Women’s Sports
Oksana Masters, Cycling & Nordic/Biathlon
*Jessica Long, Swimming — WINNER!
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
Kate Ward, Soccer

Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte
Anthony Simonsen
*Kyle Troup — WINNER!
Dom Barrett

Best MLS Player
Valentin Castellanos, NYCFC
Jesus Ferreira, FC Dallas
Carles Gil, New England Revolution
*Carlos Vela, LAFC — WINNER!

Best NWSL Player
*Ashley Hatch, Washington Spirit — WINNER!
Aubrey Bledsoe, Washington Spirit
Jess Fishlock, OL Reign
Caprice Dydasco, NJ/NY Gotham FC

Best WWE Moment: Cody Rhodes returns to WWE at WrestleMania

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Dick Vitale

Pat Tillman Award for Service: Gretchen Evans

Arthur Ashe for Courage Award: Vitali Klitschko

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year: Denver Broncos

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Albert Pujols

We send our heartiest congrats to all the winners of the ESPY Awards 2022. May all the great stars continue to entertain their fans and followers in the times to come as well. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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