Published June 17, 2008
| Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – It's a Choice between Shawn Johnson, Candace Parker, Danica Patrick, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
A Teen Choice Award, that is.
The five are nominated for the Female Athlete award at Teen Choice 2008, which celebrate the hottest icons for teenagers in television, music, movies, comedy, fashion and sports. The awards, which are selected by the teen-voting public, will be announced Aug. 4. Instead of statuettes, winners received surfboards.
Johnson, the first gymnast nominated for a Teen Choice Award, is the reigning world champion and a favorite to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Parker, the first pick in the WNBA draft, is starring for the Los Angeles Sparks after leading Tennessee to its second national title.
Patrick won her first Indy Car race earlier this season, and Williams and Sharapova are Grand Slam winners.
David Beckham, Eli Manning, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tiger Woods are the nominees for the Male Athlete.
Wakeboarder Dallas Friday, snowboarders Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter, surfer Stephanie Gilmore and freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen are the nominees in the Female Action Sports category. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White, surfers Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, BMX rider Ryan Nyquist and skateboarder Ryan Sheckler are up for the Male Action Sports Award.