Michael Phelps Is AP’s Male Athlete Of The Year

(December 20, 2012)—Olympic champion Michael Phelps added another triumph to his list of accomplishments Thursday as The Associated Press named him male athlete of the year.

The retired swimmer edged out LeBron James in voting announced Thursday, a fitting payoff after winning four golds and two silvers at the London Games, as well as recognition for becoming the most decorated Olympian ever.

Phelps finished with 40 votes in the media balloting, winning the award for the second time.

James had 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23.

Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-related star to capture AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award in 1983 and '84 for track and field.

The only men honored more than twice are golf's Tiger Woods, cyclist Lance Armstrong and basketball's Michael Jordan.

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