XTERRA Hall of Famer Jamie “J-Dawg” Whitmore has been nominated for a prestigious ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) which is presented by ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievements and other sports-related performances.
Whitmore is one of five women in the “Best Female Athlete with a Disability” category, joining triathlete Minda Dentler, sit-skier Oksana Masters, wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, and alpine monoskier Laurie Stephens.
At the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Whitmore won gold medals in the time trial and pursuit events with world-record times. On the road, she took first place in the road race 2014 UCI World Cup in Italy. In 2013, she was undefeated in both the Road World Cup series and the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
As an XTERRA racer Whitmore is still the winningest female elite of all-time having collected 37 majors in a dozen different countries including the World Championship in 2004 before being diagnosed with cancer in 2008. After several surgeries, including one to remove her entire left gluteus muscle she was told she’d likely never ride or run again. It was just the kind of challenge Whitmore thrives on and she was back crushing the competition in all kinds of races shortly thereafter. (Watch her HOF video).
ESPY Award winners are selected through online fan balloting taking place now through July 16. To vote for Jamie go to http://espn.go.com/espys/2014, “click for more categories,” select Best Female Athlete with a Disability and click on her picture.
To hear Jamie chat about the nomination and what she's up to today listen in on this interview with Coach Jeff on the XTERRA Podcast at: http://www.thexterrapodcast.com/