Ted Ligety is nominated in the "Need for Speed" category at this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards. (Getty Images)
Park City, UT (June 6, 2016) – Four U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes have been nominated in this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sport Awards. Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and snowboarder Chloe Kim (Torrence, CA) are both nominated in the “Need For Speed” category. Aerialist Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) is nominated in the “Don’t Try This at Home” category and snowboarder Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) is nominated for Best Female Athlete. Fans can cast their vote in each category at nick.com/sports.
U.S. Alpine Ski Team member Ted Ligety has competed in three Olympics and is a five-time World Champion. At the 2014 Sochi Games, Ligety not only became the first American man to win a giant slalom gold medal but also marked himself as the only man in U.S. history to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing. He also brought home a gold at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, CO.
U.S. Snowboarding’s Chloe Kim and Jamie Anderson are two of the best riders on the women's tour. Kim holds the most wins for an X Games athlete before the age of sixteen. During the 2015-2016 season at the Youth Olympic Games, she earned gold medals in halfpipe and slopestyle. She also became the first female athlete to land back-to-back 1080s, scoring a perfect 100, at the Park City U.S. Grand Prix. Anderson, who won the first slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, was crowned the World Snowboard Tour champion in both slopestyle and big air during the 2015-16 season. She's also a four-time X Games medalist.
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team aerialist and 2014 Olympian Ashley Caldwell has one of her best seasons in 2015-16. She earned four World Cup podiums and brought home the women’s World Cup title. She capped the season with her third national title.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports is the only show that celebrates kids and families’ love of sports and top professional athletes. In the 2015 award show, athletes such as U.S. Alpine Ski Team members Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) were nominated as well as U.S. Snowboarding’s Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT). Vonn was the winner of last years “Don’t Try This at Home” category.
The 2016 Kids’ Choice Sports will premier on Sunday, July 17th at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Fans can cast their votes at nick.com/sports.