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.