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2012 Fans’ Choice Awards

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

  • Aries Merritt: Won Olympic gold in the 110m hurdles, set the world record of 12.80, and ran the seven fastest times in the world for 2012, placed 5th at World Championships last year
  • Erik Kynard: Won Olympic silver in high jump, current collegiate athlete, tied for 14th on the world list in 2011
  • Brigetta Barrett: Won Olympic silver in high jump, current collegiate athlete, placed 10th at World Championships last year
  • Dee Dee Trotter: Won Olympic bronze in the 400 meters and gold in the 4x400m, finished 2011 with the 27th best time in the world
  • Ryan Bailey: Made men’s 100m Olympic final; American record 4x100m; ran just two indoor races in 2011

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Inspirational Performance of the Year

  • Manteo Mitchell: Broke leg during qualifying round of 4x400m relay, but continued running to secure the team’s spot in the final
  • Meghan Vogel: High school track athlete from Ohio who put her arm around a wobbling competitor and helped her cross the finish line
  • Seth Goldstein: High school cross country runner from Memphis who stopped mid-race to help a boy who collapsed before finishing his own race
  • Curtis Beach: Leading the pace for the Olympic Trials decathlon 1500m, then stepping aside for Ashton Eaton’s world record finish

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Olympic Trials Best Performance

  • Meb Keflezighi: Won the Olympic Trials Marathon in a personal best of 2:09:08
  • Ashton Eaton: Set the decathlon world record of 9,039 points
  • Galen Rupp: Won the 10,000m (27:25.33) and broke Steve Prefontaine’s Olympic Trials 5,000m record (13:22.67)
  • Allyson Felix: Won the 200m in 21.69 to break Flo-Jo’s Trials record and become the fourth fastest woman of all-time

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Clutch Performance of the Year

  • Lance Brooks: Won the Olympic Trials and landed a spot on the Olympic team on his final throw in the men’s discus
  • Marquise Goodwin: Won the Olympic Trials on his final jump in the men’s long jump
  • Chelsea Hayes: Grabbed a spot on the Olympic team and an Olympic Trials runner-up finish on her final jump in the women’s long jump
  • Brittney Reese: Won world title and set the American record on her final jump at the World Indoor Championships

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Best Olympic Performance by a Female Athlete

  • Allyson Felix: Won three Olympic gold medals (200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)
  • Sanya Richards-Ross: Won long-awaited individual gold and becomes just the second U.S. woman to win the Olympic 400m
  • Brittney Reese: Won Olympic gold in the women’s long jump
  • Jenn Suhr: Became just the third American woman to win Olympic gold in the pole vault

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Best Olympic Performance by a Male Athlete

  • Aries Merritt: Won gold in the men’s 110-meter hurdles
  • Christian Taylor: Won gold in the men’s triple jump
  • Ashton Eaton: Won gold in the men’s decathlon
  • Will Claye: Became the first man since 1936 to win Olympic medals in both the long jump and triple jump

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