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Huckaby Represents U.S. Ski & Snowboard with 2024 ESPY Nomination

By Leann Bentley
June, 26 2024
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The 2024 ESPY nominations are in and Brenna Huckaby of the U.S. Para Snowboard Team is headed to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate her successes among some of the world's best athletes after her nomination in the ‘Best Athlete with a Disability’ category. The ESPY Awards, known as the "Oscars of Sports," celebrate the best of the best in athletics and will be hosted in downtown LA on July 11, 2024. 

Among the nominees are some of the most celebrated athletes in their respective sports, including Olympic champion Simone Biles, WNBA star Caitlin Clark, NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and more. Last year, we saw Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin claim the title of “Best Athlete in Women’s Sports,” becoming only the second skier to win an ESPY. Zach Miller of the U.S. Para Snowboard Team also made his mark, walking away with his first ESPY for 'Best Athlete with a Disability.' 

Huckaby is a standout nominee, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and a five-time World Champion. Introduced to the sport of para snowboarding after losing her right leg to cancer at age 14, Huckaby has reached the top of the sport and has become a leading voice in disability advocacy. 

Looking back at the start of her career, Huckaby became competitive quickly, landing her first World title only two years later. In her Paralympic debut at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, she came home with the hardware, winning two gold medals, including the first-ever gold in the banked slalom discipline. 

Outside of sport, Huckaby orchestrated a multi-faceted inclusivity campaign in the leadup to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, which resulted in her earning the right to compete in medal events initially limited to less impaired athletes—she ended up winning a gold and bronze medal. She is a mother of two young daughters and is outspoken about overcoming cancer, her mental health journey, and body positivity. 

Your vote is crucial in determining the winners! Remember to mark your calendars for the live event featured on ABC on July 11, 2024, at  8 p.m. ET/PT.