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Round 1: Maier vs. Zidane

Who is the best athlete in the world? Vote in this first-round matchup!

Updated: April 26, 2004, 12:53 PM ET
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Hermann MaierAlpine skiing

Zinedine ZidaneMidfielder, Real Madrid

On the list because after a death-defying crash in the downhill in the '98 Olympics, he won gold in the Super G and giant slalom; because after he nearly died in a motorcycle accident in 2001, he somehow returned and won the last two overall World Cup titles.

On the list because with his creativity ...

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