WHO: Professional snowboard athlete Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, Vermont)
WHAT: Wins the Best Action Sports Athlete Award at the 10th Annual ESPY Awards
WHERE: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood
WHEN: July 10, 2002, live on ESPN
DETAILS: The 2002 ESPY Awards brought together athletes and entertainment celebrities to recognize top achievements in sports, relive the memorable moments and salute the best performers and performances. The 10th Annual ESPYs were held in the first-time venue of Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.
Overall there were 34 categories at the ESPYs this year, including Best Action Sports Athlete. Nominated in this category included: Bob Burnquist – Skateboard, Kelly Clark – Snowboard, and Ricky Carmichael – Motocross. Clark walked with the award.
2002 Winter Olympic gold medallist Kelly Clark proved that she was ready to take snowboarding by storm in 2002. At the third Grand Prix in Mt. Bachelor, Ore., Kelly finally found the combination to a run she had been in search of all season. She took first place and would prove unstoppable for the rest of the season. Kelly won the final two Grand Prix events with ease. Her back-to-back wins at the Winter X Games and the Olympics put her high above the rest of the women. She took home gold at Winter X Games VI and the Olympics with massive frontside 720’s and inverted 540’s – two tricks that few other women can even land much less put together in a single run.
The 2002 ESPY Awards were chosen by the ESPY Academy, a 151-member, industry-wide panel consisting of legendary athletes and coaches, as well as nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted the 2002 ESPYs. Celebrity presenters at last night’s event included: Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew Perry, Shannon Elizabeth, Nick Lachey, Vivica A. Fox, Brian McKnight, Serena Williams, Brooke Shields, Tim Allen and Wayne and Janet Gretzky.