Ryan Dungey has reason to celebrate. The pro motocross/supercross racer from Minnesota just won Best Male Action Sports Athlete at the 23rd annual Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) awards.
Presented by the TV network ESPN, the ESPY awards recognize athletes for their standout achievements for the year, and what a year Dungey has had so far.
Winning an ESPY award means a lot to him and the sport since this was the first time a motocross/supercross rider has won.
The news of his big win was shared on Twitter and Facebook:
In this category, Dungey was up against a tough pool of athletes—including multi-time snocross champion Tucker Hibbert. Since a snowmobiler has never won this award either, Hibbert was eager to get it for his sport. He, too, is a pro motocross racer, however, so he was quick to congratulate Dungey via Twitter:
Other athletes honoured by an ESPY award this year include LeBron James (basketball), Peyton Manning (football), Serena Williams (tennis) and Mike Trout (baseball).