Olympic gold medalist alpine skier Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Co.) and fellow gold medalist snowboarder Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, Vt.) comprise an unprecedented half of the Female Athlete of the Year ballot for the 2011 ESPY Awards.
Live broadcast of the ESPY awards ceremony is set for Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. MDT on ESPN television local cable channel 32.
The ESPYs are determined entirely by popular vote. Polling is open now at espn.go.com/espys/#!/voting/.
The Athlete of the Year category is the highest individual honor for women with Vonn as the incumbent. Her 2010 win was the first time a snow sports athlete had won the top honor in the ESPYs' 18-year history.
Vonn and Clark are up against WNBA star Lauren Jackson and NCAA hoop standout Maya Moore.
The 2010 Olympic gold medalist for downhill, Vonn rocketed through last winter to capture three more Audi FIS Alpine World Cup titles to bring her career total to 12—more than any other American skier, male or female. She also boosted her career World Cup win total to 41, a U.S. record.
Clark paved the way for snowboarding in 2002 when she became the first athlete to win the ESPY for Best Action Sports Athlete after winning the Olympic gold medal for halfpipe. Two years later the award was split into a male and female category. She is also nominated for Female Action Sport Athlete along with Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke.
Fellow snow sport athletes up for 2011 ESPYs include two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA), who is nominated for Best Male Action Sport Athlete.
Vote for your favorite snow sports star now at espn.go.com/espys/#!/voting/. Voting closes July 9 at 10 p.m. MDT.