Pro skier Gus Kenworthy has received a nomination for the 2016 ESPY Awards, an annual event hosted by ESPN which recognizes the best athletes in the world. The nomination is for the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category, following a more-than-noteworthy season from the Telluride, Colorado native. Last year’s winner of the award was motocross racer Ryan Dungey.
Kenworthy has a long list of accomplishments, including a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic slopestyle competition and countless viral video releases that drive us wild every winter. This past season, specifically, he won two silver medals at the X Games between the slopestyle and halfpipe competitions (the first athlete to medal in both events at the same X Games since 2005) as well as the overall title on the Association of Freesking Professionals (AFP) World Tour.
It doesn’t end there, either. Outside of his athletic feats, Kenworthy also came out as gay in October 2015, showing momentous courage and bringing great change to the sport of skiing, as well as the entire action sports community.
ABC will air the ESPY Awards on July 13 at 8/7 central in Los Angeles. We’ll surely be tuning in to root on one of skiing’s very best, and we suggest you do the same.