In what we’re calling an small upset, two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James earned this SI’s 2012 ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award for becoming the first playing since Michael Jordan in 1992 to win the NBA MVP, NBA championship, Finals MVP, and Olympic gold in the same year.
“[LeBron] has entered a state of mastery,” Olympics basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski told SI’s Lee Jenkins. “There’s nothing he can’t do. God gave him a lot but he is using everything. He’s one of the unique sports figures of all time, really, and he’s right in that area where it’s all come together.”
The world famous basketballer beat out notable fellow Olympians Michael Phelps (most decorated Olympian of all-time), Gabby Douglas (first American to win team and individual all-around gold at an Olympics), Kerri Walsh Jennings (third straight gold medal in beach volleyball), Bradley Wiggins (most decorated British athlete in history, first Briton to win Tour de France), and Usain Bolt (first man to win 100m and 200m gold in back-to-back Olympics) for the honor.
Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
From NBC Universal:
“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”
Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.
With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard José Calderón retired from Spain’s national team after playing in his fourth Olympics in Rio.
Calderón, 34, earned silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and bronze in 2016 for Spain, which lost to the U.S. in the medal rounds at each of the last three Olympics.
Calderón is one of five Spaniards to play in the last four Olympic tournaments, along with Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reyes.
Calderón came off the bench in Rio and played 25 minutes total in five of the team’s eight games. He’s entering his 12th season in the NBA.
Gasol, who will be 40 years old come Tokyo 2020, has not determined when he will end his international career.
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