Phelps named AP male athlete of the year
SUPERSTAR Olympian Michael Phelps added one more honor to his list of accomplishments Thursday after being named as the Associated Press male athlete of the year.
Phelps edged out LeBron James to win the award for the second time, a fitting capper for one of the greatest career in sports. He retired from competitive swimming after winning four gold medals and two silvers at the London Games.
The 27-year-old American finished with 40 votes in balloting by U.S. editors and broadcasters, while James was next with 37. Track star Usain Bolt, who won three gold medals in London, was third with 23.
Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-related star to be named AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award for his track and field exploits in 1983 and ’84. The only men honored more than twice are golf’s Tiger Woods and cyclist Lance Armstrong (four times each), and basketball’s Michael Jordan (three times).
Phelps won more gold medals (18) and overall medals (22) than any other Olympian in history. Noli Cruz