Sports Illustrated today revealed the cover of their 2012 Fans’ Choice issue would be Michael Phelps in honor of his selection for the best sporting moment of 2012. That marks only the 2nd time in the magazine’s 58-year history where their readers have been allowed to choose the cover-figure for an issue of the magazine.
Phelps was in the running on the basis of a 4 gold-medal meet that capped off a career that saw him win 18 Olympic gold medals and 27 World Championships and put swimming in a new global spotlight like the sport has never before seen.
He beat out gymnast Gabby Douglas, who has been racking-up awards this year too, and Peyton Manning, who returned from a severe neck injury that cost him all of last season to a Pro Bowl level in 2012. To beat out an NFL superstar in a poll taken in December (the heart of football season) says all it needs to about the recognition that Phelps rightfully receives for his historic career.
Top 5 Moments:
1. Phelps Caps a Storied Career — 21%
2. Gabby Douglas Strikes Gold — 19%
3. Peyton Manning Returns — 12%
4. Usain Bolt Races into History — 12%
5. The San Francisco Giants Reign in the Rain — 8%