Meet The 8 U.S. Paralympians Nominated For A 2019 ESPY Award

By Melissa Zhang | July 02, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)

With the 2019 ESPY Awards coming up on July 10, it’s not too late for fans to cast their votes for nominees in each category. Eight members of the U.S. Paralympic Team were nominated in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability and Best Female Athlete with a Disability categories. See below for a breakdown of the Paralympians nominated for an ESPY Award and their accomplishments this year:

Best Male Athlete with a Disability

Paratriathlete Mark Barr competing at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

Mark Barr
Sport: Paratriathlon
Age: 32
Hometown: Davis, California
2018-2019 Accomplishments: World champion paratriathlete Mark Barr logged an undefeated season in 2018, earning first place at the ITU Paratriathlon World Series Edmonton in July to earn a sweep of all three stops on the world series in the men’s PTS2 category. He also claimed his first-ever world title in September of 2018, winning first place at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Barr’s dominant season earned him USA Triathlon’s Elite Paratriathlete of the Year in 2018. 

Declan Farmer #16 in action against Japan in the Ice Hockey Preliminary Round - Group B game between United States and Japan during day two of the Paralympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on March 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Declan Farmer
Sport: Sled Hockey
Age: 21
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Paralympic medal count: 2 (golds)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: When the United States earned a gold medal at the 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Ostraza, Czech Republic, Declan Farmer was as instrumental part of their success. Named the U.S. Player of the Game in the gold-medal match and the Directorate’s Best Forward, Farmer earned a tournament-best 14 points during five games, leading the tournament in plus-minus and faceoff efficiency numbers. Farmer has also contributed greatly to Team USA’s domination at the Para Hockey Cup, at which the U.S. has won six of the past seven years. The two-time Paralympic gold medalist led the 2018 tournament in points (12) for the fifth-straight year, when the United States won its sixth championship in London, Ontario. 

 

Oz Sanchez
Sport: Cycling
Age: 43
Hometown: San Diego, California
Paralympic medal count: 6 (2 golds, 1 silver, 3 bronzes)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: Oz Sanchez is hitting his stride as Team USA builds up for Tokyo 2020. Last year at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, Sanchez raced to the silver medal in the MH5 time trial and the bronze medal in the MH5 road race. He continued to dominate at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy, winning gold in the MH5 time trial and team relay, as well as silver in the MH5 road race. Sanchez has continued to race well in 2019, claiming gold in the team relay, silver in the MH5 road race and placing fifth in the MH5 time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.

 Daniel Romanchuk crosses the finish line in first place as Marcel Hug of Switerland is in second place during the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018 in Central Park in New York City.

Daniel Romanchuk
Sport: Track and Field
Age: 20
Hometown: Mount Airy, Maryland     
2018-2019 Accomplishments: At just 20 years old, Daniel Romanchuk has had a breakout year on the marathon circuit, winning four major marathons in the men’s wheelchair division in Chicago, New York, Boston, and London. He captured his first marathon world title at the London Marathon and secured the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII title which began in Berlin last year and amasses six major marathons around the world. He won his first major marathon in Chicago before going on to make history in New York and Boston as the youngest champions in the wheelchair race. He also was the first American winner in New York and has five podiums in his last five major marathons.

Best Female Athlete with a Disability

Oksana Masters
Sport: Nordic skiing
Age: 30
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Paralympic medal count: 8 (2 golds, 3 silvers, 3 bronzes)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: Oksana Masters was the most dominant athlete at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing World Championships, claiming five gold medals (middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint, biathlon sprint and long-distance cross-country) and one silver medal (individual biathlon) in the women’s sitting class. En route to the 2018-19 overall world cup cross-country title in the women's sitting class, Masters dominated in both cross-country and biathlon throughout the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup circuit, winning six golds, four silvers and one bronze medal. On top of her international medals, she also claimed gold in the women’s sitting middle-distance cross-country and cross-country sprint events at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Nationals.

 

Tatyana McFadden
Sport: Track and Field
Age: 30
Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
Paralympic medal count: 17 (7 golds, 7 silvers, 3 bronzes)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: Tatyana McFadden has overcome injuries and issues with equipment to maintain her position as one of the world’s top wheelchair marathon racers. Despite racing in a borrowed wheelchair, McFadden took home second place at the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships, which doubled as the London Marathon, while also earning second-place finishes in Boston, New York and Tokyo.

 Shawn Morelli competes at the 2018 track national championships.

Shawn Morelli
Sport: Cycling
Age: 43
Hometown: Meadville, Pennsylvania
Paralympic medal count: 2 (golds)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: Shawn Morelli has been a force to be reckoned with for the past year. In July 2018, Morelli claimed two golds in the WC4 time trial and road race events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands. At the biggest stage of the year at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago Italy, Shawn claimed the world titles in the WC4 time trial and road race events. She continued to dominate on the track, winning national titles at the U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Nationals in the WC4 3-kilometer individual pursuit (4:00.459), 500m time trial (42.308) and WC4-5 scratch race. So far this season, she has claimed golds in the WC4 time trial and road race events at both stops of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Corridonia, Italy and Ostend, Belgium.

 Shawn Morelli competes at the 2018 track national championships.

Allysa Seely
Sport: Paratriathlon
Age: 30
Hometown: Glendale, Arizona
Paralympic medal count: 1 (gold)
2018-2019 Accomplishments: Across the past year, Allysa Seely has been undefeated in her sport. She logged a perfect season in 2018 on the ITU Paratriathlon World Series circuit and has continued that win streak this season with first-place finishes at the first two stops on the circuit in Milan, Italy, and Yokohama, Japan. Seely also finished in first at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships last September in Gold Coast, Australia, which marks her third career world title. USA Triathlon named Seely its 2018 Elite Paratriathlete of the Year, along with Mark Barr, for their undefeated records.