NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned co-champions Thursday for the second year in a row.
Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Mo., battled head to head, conquering seemingly impossible words with each passing round.
Vanya’s win carries some history as well. Before her performance Thursday, no sibling of a previous champion had ever won. Vanya’s sister, Kavya, won the 2009 bee.
Again? What the fuck is this shit? Why does the worlds largest sports network want to cover this little league competition? ESPN needs to opt out of this contract ASAP, or make a revision to the contract and demand their to be a winner. The only good thing was Kaylee Hartung from ESPN covered the event.
When was the last time an American won the event? That answer is 2007 when Evan O’Dorney from California represented the red white and blue. Since than it has been Kavya Shivashankar, Anamika Veeramani, Snigdha Nandipati, and 2015 Co-champs Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar. ESPN and the Scripss National Spelling Bee committee needs to get their shit together.
I wrote this article last year after the tie in 2014 and what a joke it was. Crazy to think it happened again this year. What will happen in 2016?
Check out last years post right here.