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The 8 Most Inspiring Moments From the 2016 ESPYS

Memorials, tributes, and speeches honored and influenced the greatest athletes and moments of the sports world.

Throughout the ESPYS ceremony on Wednesday night at the Microsoft Theater in LA, athletes, media figures, and celebrities took center stage to not only celebrate, but also honor and highlight the people, moments, and stories that have left their mark on the sports world. During the ceremony, there were a few tears, laughs, and surprises—but there was plenty of inspiration. Here are the eight most goosebump-inducing, inspiring moments from the 2016 ESPY Awards.

Gus Kenworthy on the Red Carpet

In October 2015, Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy became the first action sports athlete to come out as gay on the cover of ESPN magazine. This year, he attended his first ESPY awards ceremony as a nominee in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete award category. While on the red carpet, Kentworthy delivered his take on the strides that the LGBT community has recently made in the sports world. “I am so proud to be the person at the ESPYS tonight who gets to represent skiing and represents action sports and represents the LBGT community—and there are other amazing people who will be representing that community, too—but I am honored to be able to be here and show those communities how proud I am to be a part of them,” he said.

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