We’re not sure what’s worse: that James Bond, a fictional character, was named the Most Influential Man of 2012 (in October, no less), or that he earned it over actual humans in an online popular vote.
Either way, the superspy, who returns to the screen in “Skyfall” next month (bated breath) barely beat out world record sprinter Usain Bolt for the top spot in an AskMen.com poll. The Jamaican finished second, ten spots ahead of No. 12 Michael Phelps, who was recently named the “Fittest Man of All-time” by Men’s Health magazine.
All three men were fixtures of the London Summer Games, but only one – Bond – got to jump out of a helicopter with the Queen. Bolt had to settle for becoming the first man ever to win both the 100m and 200m in consecutive Games and Phelps only became the most decorated Olympian ever.
LeBron James, also technically an Olympian after winning his second straight gold with Team USA – right after securing his first NBA ring – ended up in 32nd place, just 18 spots behind the replacement refs, a group of men who almost systematically destroyed American football as we know it.
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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