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State College BMX Biker Jamie Bestwick Nominated for Top Action Sports Award

by on January 14, 2013 1:20 PM

BMX biker and State College’s Jamie Bestwick is one of six nominees for the 2013 Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year award, it was announced last week.

Bestwick recently took his sixth straight X Games gold medal, tying the record set by Tony Hawk, and his eighth straight NBC Dew Tour title. Bestwick is the only tour winner since its inception in 2005.

"To see myself and BMX in the world’s highest awards show is extremely rewarding, and the nomination is a tremendous acknowledgement to my commitment and achievements in Action Sports, to which I have dedicated my heart and life to," Bestwick said in a press release.

Joining Bestwick as nominees are: Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, French Olympic mountain biker Julie Bresset, Australian surfers Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson and German windsurfer Philip Köster.

Baumgartner headlines the list of nominees after he became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound when he jumped out of a balloon 24 miles above New Mexico.

The winner will be announced at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro on March 11.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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