Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Great Britain 10000m gold medalist Mo Farah have all landed on the short-list for Time’s “Person of the Year.”
The Olympians join a group made up mostly of political figures (no surprises there) that includes reelected President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and Knicks sensation turned Rockets afterthought, Jeremy Lin.
Phelps and Douglas are also nominees for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year,” which they have a much better shot at winning since Time has never honored an athlete with its annual award, but somehow saw fit to gift Adolf Hitler with the title in 1938, then honored Joseph Stalin the very next year.
SI’s award will be announced on Dec. 5 and Time’s will be awarded Dec. 14. Until then, bated breath.