Maryland swimmers Michael Phelps and Becca Meyers win ESPY awards
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 13, 2017 | 7:46 AM
Swimmer Michael Phelps of Baltimore won two ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles — Male U.S. Olympic Athlete and Record-Breaking Performance — for extending his Olympic medal records at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer.
Phelps, 32, who has retired from competitive swimming, earned five golds and one silver at Rio, raising his career totals to 23 gold and 28 overall.
Phelps also won for Record-Breaking Performance in 2009 and 2013.
Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.
By Beth Harris
Jul 12, 2017 | 11:12 PM
Becca Meyers, a 2013 Notre Dame prep graduate who lives in Timonium and is on leave from Franklin & Marshall to pursue her swimming career, won for Female Athlete with a Disability. She received the award in 2015, too.
Meyers, 22, who was born deaf and diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual balance and vision loss, won three gold medals and one silver at the 2016 Rio Paralympics; she set two world records.
"It is amazing to win my second ESPY because it is incredible to see how far the Paralympic movement has grown/gained awareness," Meyers said in a tweet to the Baltimore Sun on Thursday morning. "I am so honored to be a spokesperson for the Para movement and be a role model to kids with disabilities -- to show them that they can do anything they set their minds to!"
Forward Kevin Durant, who grew up in Prince George's County, won Best Championship Performance for scoring 35 points per game to lead the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title.
Becca Meyers of Timonium, who is competing this week at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, won the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
By By Andy Knobel
Jul 16, 2015 | 4:36 AM
Former first lady Michelle Obama honored the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award; Shriver, a member of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, started Camp Shriver for special-needs children at her Maryland farm Timberlawn in Rockville in 1962, and it developed six years later into the Special Olympics.
2017 ESPY Awards Winners
Male Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Female Athlete: Simone Biles
Team: Golden State Warriors
Coach: Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony High
Moment: Chicago Cubs win World Series Championship