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Victor nominated for ESPY award

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Parkite Stephani Victor is spreading herself all over the entertainment world.

This week she launched her own website and also learned that she had been nominated for an ESPY, the yearly awards given out for performance in sports by the all-sport cable channel.

Victor is no stranger to this world. She hails from Southern California, the heart of the entertainment world, and devotes her time not spent on the slopes to the art of filmmaking.

The nomination for Best Female Athlete with a Disability is based on the impressive year and career Victor has had on the slopes as a sit-skier. This past season, she won the overall World Cup skiing title in slalom and giant slalom. In 2006, she was gold medallist in slalom at the Paralympics and the world champion in slalom among other titles. Victor was the only skier nominated for an ESPY this year.

Victor said that she was overwhelmed when she heard that she was nominated for an award as prestigious as an ESPY.

"It’s the Academy Awards of sports," Victor said.

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The award is based on a popular vote, so the public is encouraged to vote on line. The ESPY Awards will be held on July 11 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, so time is of the essence to go on-line and cast a vote.

"We’re on a mad campaign right now," Victor laughed.

And thus, the launching of her new website couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The new site http://www.stephanivictor.com, has specific instructions for voting for the skier as well as other features to help the user get to know victor better.

She has divided the Web site into three streamlined categories — skiing, speaking and her documentary. The skiing link has live streaming video of Victor’s big races, along with her accomplishments, a race schedule for next season, results, awards, sponsors and promotions. The speaking link is an instructional link to help those seeking Victor for a motivational speaking appearance. It also includes letters of reference for everyone from a grade school teacher in Price, Utah to U.S. President George W. Bush. The documentary link gives visitors an excerpt of the documentary that Victor has been working on since she lost her legs in an accident 12 years ago. It chronicles her fight to regain mobility and then her climb to the top of the disabled skiing world. The documentary is set to be released next year.

So now the World Champion is just sitting and waiting for friends, family and everyone else to log on. First to visit her Web site and then to cast a ballot in her direction.

"It would be so cool to have a Parkite win an ESPY," Victor said.

The ESPY Awards, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and LeBron James, will be held July 11 in Los Angeles and air on July 15 at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Voting is currently open at espn.go.com/espy2007/.

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Head: How to Vote for Victor

Visit http://espn.go.com/espy2007/index.html#/vote/ On the right side of the site , there is a thin blue scroll down bar. Use it to scroll down to "Best Female Athlete with a Disability" Click on Victor’s photo (third photo from the left) Hit the submit button to lock in the vote