Professional athletes really only get one big rep carpet event a year, so it makes sense that they brought their A-game. (Yes, I’m going to make bad puns like this the whole post. You’ll have to grin and bear it.)

At the 2012 ESPY Awards, it wasn’t the random actresses who simply can’t miss a red carpet event or attended as athlete arm candy that took the show. They may have more red carpet experience, but the actresses seriously under-performed by playing it safe and attempting fashion-blogger defense.

The athletes, on the other hand, were at least taking risks! Not all of them worked out, but they seemed to be having fun and trying something other than the expected metallic sheath. I think they all deserve some acknowledgement for that! And actresses, maybe you should take a few pointers from Maria Sharapova, Jamie Anderson and Lindsey Vonn.

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