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Cast your ESPY vote: Best Comeback Athlete  

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Kayla Burt, Washington Basketball
Credentials: Suffered cardiac arrest brought on by a rare heart condition in 2002. Her teammates saved her by performing CPR. She returned two years later to lead the team in scoring and assists.
Past ESPYs: None

Mark Fields, Carolina Panthers winner
Credentials: Selected to play in the Pro Bowl after missing a season battling cancer.

Past ESPYs: None

Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
Credentials: Lost the middle toe on his right foot to frostbite after being stranded overnight on a mountainside in sub-zero temperatures. Returned two years later to win bronze in Greco-Roman heavyweight at the Summer Olympics. He retired at the end of his match.
Past ESPYs: 2001 Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete

Jordan Sigalet, Bowling Green hockey
Credentials: Despite battling Multiple Sclerosis, the Falcons goaltender was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented to the college hockey's top player.
Past ESPYs: None


past winners
'04 Bethany Hamilton, surfer

'03 Tommy Maddox, Pittsburgh Steelers

'02 Jennifer Capriati, tennis player

'01 Andres Galarraga, Atlanta Braves

'00 Lance Armstrong, cyclist

'99 Eric Davis, Baltimore Orioles

'98 Roger Clemens, Toronto Blue Jays

'97 Evander Holyfield, boxer

'96 Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

'95 Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

'94 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

'93 Dave Winfield, Toronto Blue Jays

The 2005 ESPY winners will be announced during the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 13. The ESPYs will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on July 17 at 9 p.m. ET, preceded by the ESPY Red Carpet Special on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.


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