Naperville teen who became youngest American woman to summit Everest among ESPY award winners

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Thursday, July 21, 2022
Naperville teen who set Everest world record returns home
Naperville teen Lucy Westlake recently set the record as the youngest American woman to summit Mount Everest.

LOS ANGELES (WLS) -- A Naperville teenager received an ESPY award Wednesday night for becoming the youngest American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Lucy Westlake received the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, along with Noor Abukaram, Kendall Dudley, Sydney Moore and Alicia Serratos.

"(Westlake) says her journey won't be complete until more girls are following in her footsteps," King said.

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The recent high school graduate hopes to complete the "Seven Summits," the highest mountains on each continent.

"The greatest, most emotional moment for me was about an hour before the summit," said Westlake. "I asked my Sherpa 'how much longer do we have?' I thought we had like three hours and he said an hour and I was like 'oh I got this, I know I'm going to summit.'"

Westlake has been climbing for years.

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"I've always loved adventure; I've always loved the mountains," said Westlake.

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