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ESPY Awards 2009 Results: Phelps and Liukin named Best Athletes of the Year

Veteran Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted the ESPY awards ceremony for 2009. The event took place on Wednesday evening, July 15, at LA’s Nokia Theatre and was aired on Sunday, July 19.

Multiple Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was the big winner this year after taking home Best Male Athlete, Best Record-Breaking Performance, Best Championship Performance, and Best Male Olympian. Phelps beats Tiger Woods for “Best Male Athlete” category after winning it 5 years in a row.

Celebs arrive at the 2009 ESPY awards in Los Angeles

Olympic champion gymnast Nastia Liukin won Best Female Athlete. The 19-year-old defeated tennis star Serena Williams and professional basketball player Candace Parker.

ESPY Awards 2009 Highlights

ESPY Awards 2009 Winners

Best Female Athlete: Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics
Best Male Athlete: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Moment: US Swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Best Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Best Coach/Manager:Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
Best Game: Super Bowl XLIII
Best Championship Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Play: Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning Touchdown
Best Upset: United States Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Best Record Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Sports Movie: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
Best Male College Athlete: Tim Tebow, Florida Football
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Jason Lester, Ironman Triathlete
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Erin Popovich, Swimming
Best International Male Athlete: Usain Bolt
Best International Female Athlete: Lorena Ochoa
Best MLB Player: Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals
Best NBA Player: Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks
Best NFL Player: Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

The ESPY Awards is an annual sports awards event created and broadcast by American cable television network ESPN. Begun in 1993, the event confers eponymous awards, fully styled as Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, for individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given ceremony. [source]