ESPN announces 2015 espy nominees

Vote for the 2015 ESPY’s Best Female Action Sports athlete now at ESPN.com.

ESPN Announces 2015 ESPYS nominees; Voting now open

ESPN has announced its 2015 ESPYS nominees across all categories, including action sports.

For Best Male Action Sports Athlete, the contenders are Ryan Dungey, Josh Sheehan, Nyjah Huston, Mark McMorris, and Tucker Hibbert (snowmobile). On the women’s side, Best Female Action Sports Athlete nominees include Steph Gilmore, Kelly Clark, Paige Alms, and Laia Sanz (moto/enduro). Voting is open through 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The ESPYS award show will air at 8/7 Central on ABC on July 15. For more information about the ESPYS, visit EPSN.com 

Nitro Circus just released this congratulations announcement for fellow crew member Sheehan, who is in the running after landing the world’s first triple backflip. Read on for more details about Sheehan and the 2015 ESPYS show, hosted at LA’s Microsoft Theater.

Friday, June 26, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – This week, ESPN announced the nominees for the 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One. Nitro Circus's Josh Sheehan, who earlier this year landed the world's first triple backflip on a motorbike, is included in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Play categories.Best Male Action Sports Athlete honors the rider who made the biggest impact in extreme sports over the past year, and features the finest in motocross, freestyle motocross, skate and snowmobile. In Best Play, Sheehan's landmark triple backflip will square off against Malcolm Butler, whose game-changing interception sealed victory in Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots. Other big names in the tournament-style brackets include NBA champion Stephen Curry, soccer icon Lionel Messi and more.

espn announces 2015 espy nominees

Josh Sheehan landed the first triple backflip earlier this year.

Josh Sheehan said, "This is a huge honor. To be mentioned with some of the biggest names in sport is incredible. It also shows the importance of going after something you believe in, no matter how many people tell you it can't be done. While there is definitely risk, this is a tremendous reward."

Fans will have the chance to select the ESPY award winners by voting online or via mobile at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Voting is underway now – all categories will close when the live broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday July 15. Fans can also follow the ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.

The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale, most widely known for hosting The Soup on E! as well as playing Jeff Winger on Community. The ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS honor ESPN's commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993. Follow The 2015 ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.

In April, Sheehan rocked the action sports world when he became the first person to ever land a triple backflip on a motorbike. The landmark world's first, previously considered impossible, raised the bar for the entire sport, and drew global media coverage.

Nitro Circus wraps up the first six months of its marathon 2015 world tour in Madrid, Spain on Friday, and returns to North America this fall for a 25-city run kicking off on October 6 in Columbus, Ohio. Go to http://nitrocircus.com/tour/ for a full list of tour dates and to purchase tickets.

For additional Nitro Circus news, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, tour updates and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com. Follow Nitro Circus Live on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.