ESPY 2016: Bethany Hamilton Withdraws, Tatyana McFadden Wins Best Female Athlete With A Disability

ESPY 2016: Bethany Hamilton Withdraws, Tatyana McFadden Wins Best Female Athlete With A Disability
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Even with her chance to take home the “Best Female Athlete With a Disability” award on ESPY 2016, Bethany Hamilton opted to withdraw her nomination.


The surfer was supposed to fight for the title against marathon racer Tatyana McFadden, volleyball player Heather Erickson, cross-country skier Oksana Masters and cyclist Shawn Morelli.

Upon her request, the organizer of the awards program took out her name from the list of names to vote.

In a statement sent to E! News, ESPN announced that “Bethany expressed to ESPN that she was appreciative of the nomination but didn’t feel it was a good fit for her, so ESPN removed her from the category upon her request.”

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However, the group behind ESPY 2016 no longer explained why she reached such decision.

The 26-year-old professional surfer is no longer new to the sports tilt as she was previously awarded with the Best Comeback Athlete for 2004 after surviving a shark attack at the age of 13.

It can be recalled that in the morning of Oct. 31, 2003, she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while lying on her surfboard in Tunnels Beach, Kauai.

Meanwhile, in the ESPY 2016 Best Female Athlete With a Disability category that she left, McFadden emerged as the winner.

For the Best Male Athlete With a Disability, sprints runner Richard Browne bagged the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On the other hand, NBA star LeBron James took home the ESPY 2016 Best Championship Performance award, as he was pitted against Von Miller (Super Bowl), Carli Lloyd (World Cup Final) and Sidney Crosby (Stanley Cup Playoffs).

For the Best Breakthrough Athlete category, baseball pitcher Jake Arrieta won, while Stephen Curry was named as winner in the Best Record-Breaking Performance category for the three-pointers he made in a single season.

The ESPY 2016 was hosted by WWE star and actor John Cena.

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