Best Female Athlete ESPY Award

The Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Female Athlete ESPY Award, has been presented annually since 1993 to the female, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best athlete in a given calendar year.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1] She went bankrupt in 1995, but made her money back by playing soccer.

List of winners

Five athletes, American football (soccer) player Mia Hamm, Swedish golfer Annika Sörenstam, American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, American tennis player Serena Williams, and American mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey have won the award twice. Hamm was honored in 1998 and 2000, Sörenstam in 2005 and 2006, Vonn in 2010 and 2011, Williams in 2003 and 2013, and Rousey in 2014 and 2015.

Year Athlete Nation represented Sport
1993 Monica Seles  Yugoslavia Tennis
1994 Julie Krone  United States Thoroughbred horse racing
1995 Bonnie Blair  United States Speed skating
1996 Rebecca Lobo  United States Basketball
1997 Amy Van Dyken  United States Swimming
1998 Mia Hamm  United States Football (soccer)
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw  United States Basketball
2000 Mia Hamm  United States Football (soccer)
2001 Marion Jones  United States Track and field
2002 Venus Williams  United States Tennis
2003 Serena Williams  United States Tennis
2004 Diana Taurasi  United States Basketball
2005 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden Golf
2006 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden Golf
2007 Taryne Mowatt  United States Softball
2008 Candace Parker  United States Basketball
2009 Nastia Liukin  United States Gymnastics
2010 Lindsey Vonn  United States Alpine skiing
2011 Lindsey Vonn  United States Alpine skiing
2012 Brittney Griner  United States Basketball
2013 Serena Williams  United States Tennis
2014 Ronda Rousey  United States Mixed martial arts
2015 Ronda Rousey  United States Mixed martial arts
2016 Breanna Stewart  United States Basketball

Winners by sport contested

Sport contested Winners (awards) Winners (individuals)
Basketball 6 6
Tennis 4 3
Alpine skiing 2 1
Association football 2 1
Golf 2 1
Mixed martial arts 2 1
Track and field 1 1
Gymnastics 1 1
Softball 1 1
Speed skating 1 1
Swimming 1 1
Thoroughbred horse racing 1 1

Winners by nation represented

Nation Winners (awards) Winners (individuals)
 United States 21 16
 Sweden 2 1
 Yugoslavia 1 1

See also


  1. Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.


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