Hours after the celebratory parade honoring the U.S. women’s soccer team in New York, the accolades still weren’t quite over for the newly-crowned World Cup champions.
The women of Team USA were named Best Team at the 2019 ESPY Awards not long after Alex Morgan received the award for Best Female Athlete at the ceremony in Los Angeles.
“Sorry but this is probably the second-best trophy we won this week,” Morgan quipped after earning the nod over fellow Olympic gold medalists in gymnast Simone Biles, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Seattle Storm basketball player Breanna Stewart.
Morgan and her teammates were among a number of Olympic and Paralympic stars and hopefuls who were honored at the annual ESPN awards on Wednesday night.
Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim was named Best Female Action Sports Athlete for her continued domination of the women’s halfpipe snowboarding scene, and skateboarder Nyjah Huston, who hopes to represent the U.S. when the sport makes its Olympic debut in 2020, won the male action sports award.
Not surprisingly, Serena Williams won the award for Female Tennis Player of the Year. The four-time Olympic gold medalist will play in the semifinals at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Stewart was named Best WNBA Player, while three-time Paralympic paratriathlete Mark Barr got the award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. Fellow paratriathlete Allysa Seely won for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
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Daniel Cormier won for Best MMA Athlete, but it was on the wrestling mat where he had his amateur career, finishing just off the medal stand at the Olympic Games Athens 2004.
Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn, alpine skiing, and Dwyane Wade, basketball, joined football player Rob Gronkowski as athletes who were honored for all the moments in their legendary careers leading up to their retirements this year.
The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage went to basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who won the gold medal with Team USA at the Olympic Games Melbourne 1956.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.