By Beth Harris | AP Sports activities Author
LOS ANGELES — Greater than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former staff physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State College joined arms on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Braveness on the ESPYs.
The ladies who spoke out in opposition to the abuse by Larry Nassar stood collectively Wednesday night time in a strong and solemn closing to the present highlighting the previous 12 months’s high athletes and moments in sports activities.
Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball participant Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah Klein, who mentioned she was Nassar’s first sufferer 30 years in the past, took turns talking. Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for putting “cash and medals above the security of kid athletes.”
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Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim gained a number one three ESPYs, together with greatest feminine athlete, whereas Alex Ovechkin claimed greatest male athlete.
Kim had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Arthur Ashe recipients.
“We should begin caring about youngsters’s security greater than we care about adults’ reputations,” Klein mentioned. “If we will simply give one individual the braveness to make use of their voice, that is value it.”
Raisman added, “For too lengthy we have been ignored. It may have been averted. All we would have liked was one grownup to have the integrity to face between us and Larry Nassar.”
The viewers gave the group a protracted standing ovation and remained on its toes whereas the ladies spoke.
“What a strong stage up right here,” host Danica Patrick mentioned earlier than signing off.
Ovechkin joined Roger Federer and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White as double winners. Ovechkin was in Russia together with his spouse, Nastya, who’s 8½ months pregnant.
Newly retired racecar driver Patrick grew to become the primary lady to host the present on the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Her opening monologue largely fell flat, with athletes sitting stone-faced or wincing at most of the jokes.
Kim took feminine athlete honors over Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, WNBA participant Sylvia Fowles and soccer participant Julie Ertz.
“This 12 months has been full of so many unbelievable recollections I’ll maintain onto the remainder of my life,” Kim mentioned as she held the silver trophy. “I actually need to thank my household. They’ve sacrificed a lot for me.”
Kim additionally claimed trophies for greatest feminine Olympian and feminine motion sports activities athlete. On the Pyeongchang Video games in February, she grew to become the youngest to win a snowboarding medal when the then-17-year-old claimed gold in halfpipe.
Ovechkin, who led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship, additionally gained for greatest NHL participant. He beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and fellow first-time nominees Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for male athlete.
Federer’s five-set victory on the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam singles title earned honors for record-breaking efficiency and he additionally obtained greatest male tennis participant.
White gained greatest Olympic second together with his final-run efficiency in South Korea that includes back-to-back 1440s to take gold, and greatest male Olympian.
The Astros have been honored as greatest staff for successful the franchise’s first World Collection.
LeBron James, quickly to be starring throughout the road at Staples Middle with the Los Angeles Lakers, gained greatest NBA participant for the third straight 12 months on his 14th consecutive nomination within the class.
Brady claimed greatest NFL participant, whereas Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels gained MLB participant.
On a giant night time for Olympians, the U.S. girls’s hockey staff earned greatest recreation honors for his or her shootout victory over Canada within the gold-medal recreation in South Korea.
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz earned breakthrough athlete honors.
Quarterback Nick Foles obtained the championship efficiency trophy for main the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Tremendous Bowl title.
The Minnesota Vikings earned greatest second honors for beating the New Orleans Saints on the final play of the NFL championship recreation.
Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale gained in the most effective play class for hitting a buzzer-beater within the NCAA girls’s title recreation.
The very best coach award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, all of whom died within the mass capturing at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty.
Former quarterback Jim Kelly obtained the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his battle with jaw most cancers. Fellow NFL Corridor of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway introduced Kelly with the distinction.