ESPY Awards: Hollywood Stars, Athletes Celebrate the Year's Best Moments in Sports

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Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver, Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and snowboarder Shaun White were among those walking the red carpet on Wednesday night.

The worlds of sports and entertainment collided on Wednesday night at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater, which played host to the 25th annual ESPY Awards.

With A-list celebrities and athletes turning out for the event, which aired on ABC, some of those in attendance included Olympic gold-medalist Simone Biles, best male athlete winner Russell Westbrook, Bryan Cranston, Walt Disney Co. CEO/chairman Bob Iger and more. Hosted by Peyton Manning, the ESPYs featured lighthearted moments in addition to more inspiring, tear-inducing tributes.

Michelle Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the pioneer of the Special Olympics Games. Present at the event to accept the award in his mother's honor was Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver. 

On the red carpet, Shriver, accompanied by some of the Special Olympics athletes, said: "We're here because we have arrived! The red carpet is a symbol of glamour, success and elegance, and that's us." 

"We have the greatest athletes in the world," Shriver added, in regard to the Special Olympics. "If you want to overcome fear and intolerance, the scourge of our world today, you look to these athletes. If you want to teach people how to live more inclusively, you look to these athletes."

Olympic gold-medalist and ESPY veteran Shaun White also made an appearance on the carpet. Over the course of his career, White has accumulated nine ESPY awards.

Decked out in round, sophisticated sunglasses and a black suit, the professional snowboarder spoke to THR about his upcoming plans, reassuring that retirement is nowhere in the near future for the "Flying Tomato." White confirmed he will be making an appearance in 2018 at Pyeongchang, in addition to the 2020 Tokyo games as a skateboarder. White even hinted at a possible 2022 go-around.

"I just started working out again, and it got so much easier!" the Olympian joked. 

ABC's Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay was also in attendance, clad in a yellow dress. The reality TV star spoke with THR about her excitement for the night (more specifically, seeing Obama) and her experience watching her own show after all the filming has wrapped. 

"On last Monday's episode, I actually cried watching it over again after remembering the emotions I felt in that moment," Lindsay recalled. 

In regard to the upcoming Men Tell All special, the Bachelorette laughed, saying: "I definitely have some things that I want to talk about."

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