Team USA Social Media Recap: 2019 ESPY Awards

By U.S. Paralympics | July 12, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)

With star-studded red carpets and hardware for days, the 2019 ESPY Awards — short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award — brought together the world's best athletes on Wednesday night, including nine U.S. Olympians and Paralympians. The awards showcased a range of talent from athletes to entertainers to celebrities all under one roof at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Take a look at all the social media-worthy moments before and after the show:

 

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Absolutely unbelievable experience winning the ESPY award for Best Male Athlete With a Disability last night! There are so many incredibly talented athletes out there deserving of this award, so to win on behalf of all athletes with a disability is an absolute surprise and honor. Also, congratulations to my @usaparatriathlon teammate @triallysa for winning her category as well! 🙌🇺🇸. Massive thank you to everyone who took the time to log on, vote and help spread the word about my ESPY nomination. ESPY awards are unique in that they are decided strictly based off of fan voting so I literally could not have won this award without all of you voting and for that I am forever grateful. 🙏😁 Sports, like life, can be an emotional roller coaster sometimes. When things are good, it seems nothing can go wrong and conversely, when things are bad, it seems there’s nothing you can do to get yourself out of the rut. However it’s the lows that we need to experience every now and then so that we can fully appreciate the highs when they do come. For me, coming up short of the podium in Rio was my low. I knew deep down I was capable of more than a 4th place finish and I used that disappointment as the fuel to stay motivated in my training as I moved forward into the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Gradually I got better, race by race, and in 2018 I was fortunate enough to experience a sustained “high” throughout the entire season where everything seemed to fall perfectly into place. I’ve been doing this sport long enough now, 10 years, to know that this success can not be had without a great support system and I’m blessed with one of the best in @hangernews @cafoundation @team_catapult @usatriathlon @usaparatriathlon @houston_cougar_aquatic_sports As well my coaches, @jamiebrowntri and Greg Orphanides. Thank you all again for your time and support and thanks to @espn for an amazing 32 hours in LA that I will never forget! Now it’s back to reality and school 🤓. #espys #paratriathlon #triathlon

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