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Wide World of Sports Athletes of the Year
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Year Athlete Sport
2000 Tiger Woods Golf
1999 Lance Armstrong Cycling
1998 Mark McGwire Baseball
1997 Tiger Woods Golf
1996 Michael Johnson Track
1995 Miguel Indurain Cycling
1994 Al Unser Jr. Auto racing
1993 Evander Holyfield Boxing
  *Arthur Ashe Tennis
  *Jim Valvano Basketball
1992 Bonnie Blair Speed skating
1991 Carl Lewis Track
  Kim Zmeskal Gymnastics
1990 Greg LeMond Cycling
1989 Greg LeMond Cycling
1988 Greg Louganis Diving
1987 Dennis Conner Sailing
1986 Debi Thomas Figure skating
1985 Pete Rose Baseball
1984 Edwin Moses Track
1983 Australia II Sailing
1982 Wayne Gretzky Hockey
1981 Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing
1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team Hockey
1979 Willie Stargell Baseball
1978 Ron Guidry Baseball
1977 Steve Cauthen Horse racing
1976 Nadia Comaneci Gymnastics
1975 Jack Nicklaus Golf
1974 Muhammad Ali Boxing
1973 O.J. Simpson Football
  Jackie Stewart Auto racing
1972 Olga Korbut Gymnastics
1971 Lee Trevino Golf
1970 Willis Reed Basketball
1969 Mario Andretti Auto racing
1968 Bill Toomey Track
1967 Peggy Fleming Figure skating
1966 Jim Ryun Track
1965 Jim Clark Auto racing
1964 Don Schollander Swimming
1963 Valery Brumel Track
1962 Jim Beatty Track

*In 1993, Athlete of the Year "Special Recognition" was presented to Arthur Ashe and Jim Valvano.

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