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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Updated: January 8, 10:37 AM ET
LeBron tops all athletes in 2012

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Over the course of 2012, nearly 300 different athletes earned votes in the weekly Cross-Sport Power Rankings. Some were one-week wonders, showing up once only to never be heard from again. Others were mainstays, earning top 10 votes week after week after week.

When it all came down to it, these 20 athletes stood out more than any others, rising above the pack to earn honors as our 2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings Athletes of the Year.

As always, if you disagree with our panel's selections, let us know in the comments.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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