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Olympians Who Were Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year

Athlete Gender Country Sport Notes
Michelle Akers Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Lance Armstrong Male USA CYC Seven-time Tour de France winner, 2002 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bill Baker Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Roger Bannister Male GBR ATH First sub-four-minute mile, 1954 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bonnie Blair Female USA SSK Multiple Olympic speed skating gold medalist, 1994 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Neal Broten Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Judi Brown Female USA ATH Helped abused children, 1987 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Brandi Chastain Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Dave Christian Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Steve Christoff Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Cassius Clay Male USA BOX World heavyweight champion, 1974 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jim Craig Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mary Decker-Slaney Female USA ATH Double world champion, 1983 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mike Eruzione Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Chris Evert Female USA TEN Multiple Grand Slam titles, 1976 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Joy Fawcett Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Julie Foudy Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Wayne Gretzky Male CAN ICH NHL MVP, Art Ross, 1982 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mia Hamm Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
John Harrington Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Pat Head Female USA BAS 1976 USA Basketball Silver Medal and Co-Captain, 2011 Sports Illustrated Sportswomen of the Year
LeBron James Male USA BAS NBA star, 2008-12 USA Basketball Gold Medals, 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Ingemar Johansson Male SWE BOX World heavyweight champion, 1959 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Johnson Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rafer Johnson Male USA ATH Decathlon world record, 1958 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kip Keino Male KEN ATH Cared for orphaned children, 1987 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Johann Olav Koss Male NOR SSK Triple Olympic speed skating gold medalist, 1994 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Sugar Ray Leonard Male USA BOX World welterweight champion, 1981 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kristine Lilly Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jerry Lucas Male USA BAS Final Four MVP, 1961 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Shannon MacMillan Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rob McClanahan Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tiffeny Milbrett Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bobby Joe Morrow Male USA ATH Triple Olympic gold medalist, 1956 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Ken Morrow Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Edwin Moses Male USA ATH Olympic gold medalist, 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jack O'Callahan Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Carla Overbeck Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Cindy Parlow Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Pavelich Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Christie Pearce-Rampone Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Michael Phelps Male USA SWI Eight Gold Medals in 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mike Ramsey Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mary Lou Retton Female USA GYM Olympic gold medalist, 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tiffany Roberts Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bill Russell Male USA BAS NBA champion player-coach, 1968 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jim Ryun Male USA ATH Mile world record, 1966 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Buzz Schneider Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Briana Scurry Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Dave Silk Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kate Sobrero-Markgraf Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Eric Strobel Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rob Suter Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tisha Venturini Female USA FTB 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Phil Verchota Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Wells Male USA ICH 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year