Declan Farmer reacts after scoring in the third period against Team Canada during the gold-medal match at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on March 13, 2022 in Beijing.
Declan Farmer, a three-time Paralympic and three-time world champion in sled hockey, is heading to the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles this month for the fourth time.
But this is the first time he — or any other Paralympian — has been nominated alongside his or her Olympic counterparts in the same award category.
Farmer, 24, won the ESPY for Best Male Athlete With a Disability in 2014 and was also a nominee in that category in 2018 and 2019. This year, he is a contender for two categories, with the second being Best Olympian, a category that includes Paralympians for the first time.
“I feel very honored to be among the three Paralympians selected in that category for the first time with Oksana Masters and Nick Mayhugh also representing the movement during this stage of progress,” Farmer said.
“It really means a lot. That showcases the movement over the last couple of years; the general public is really finally seeing Paralympians at the same level as Olympians.”
Masters, who won two cycling golds in Tokyo and medaled in all seven of her Nordic skiing events in Beijing, is nominated not only in the Best Olympian, Women’s Sports and Best Athlete with a Disability, Women’s Sports categories, but also for the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports alongside U.S. Olympians Suni Lee, Katie Ledecky and Candace Parker.
Jessica Long, who won six medals at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the pool, and Brenna Huckaby, a two-time medalist in snowboarding at the Paralympic Games Beijing 2022, were also nominated in the Best Athlete with a Disability category.
Mayhugh, who won three golds and a silver on the track at the Tokyo Paralympics, joins Farmer in the Best Olympian, Men’s Sports category, as well as Best Athlete With a Disability, Men’s Sports. Paratriathlon’s Brad Snyder and para-table tennis’ Ian Seidenfeld are also nominated in the latter category.
Farmer, who at past ESPYs has befriended the likes of NFL stars Richard Sherman, Nick Chubb and Boomer Esiason, is excited to walk down the red carpet once again in his suit shorts to show off his prosthetic legs and mingle with some of the sporting world’s all-time greats.