Snowboarders cleaned up at this year’s ESPY Awards, as Mark McMorris and Anna Gasser claimed titles for Best Male and Best Female Acton Sports Athletes. This is the first ESPY for each of the riders; marking Anna’s first nomination and McMorris’ fourth.
Mark missed the awards, but nonetheless was stoked on the win and took to his social accounts to thank fans and voice his excitement.
On Twitter, Mark posted an emoticon-filled message saying, “Holy shieeetttt!!! Was out boating and got the call that I won my first ESPY—Thank you all for voting!”
Mark beat out John John Florence (surf), Nyah Huston (skate), and Oystein Braaten (ski) for the award.
This past season was filled with many highs and a few lows for Mark who earned three X Games golds, two World Cup titles, and a Burton US Open win in Slopestyle. In March, Mark sustained a burly injury while filming in the backcountry. He is currently rehabbing and working hard to get back on track and has sights set on the 2018 Olympics for both slopestyle and big air.
Anna attended the ESPYs and got all dolled up for the grand affair held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy in my hands,” Gasser said while accepting her award.
The 25-year-old beat out Kelly Sildaru (ski), Lacey Baker (skateboard), and Tyler Wright (surf), to earn the coveted award.
Gasser had herself one hell of a season and bagged four wins at five events, including gold in slopestyle at the Burton US Open, and gold in slope at X Games Norway.
Anna also has her attention set toward the Olympics, where she hopes to bring home medals to her native homeland of Austria, in both big air and slopestyle.