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LANCE ARMSTRONG
Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is an American professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Astana. He won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years, from 1999 to 2005.
IN THIS PICTURE: Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the US toasts with champagne as he rides during the final 21th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris, July 26, 2009.
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NUMBER 9

CARL LEWIS
Frederick Carlton ("Carl") Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is a retired American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which eight were golds, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired. Lewis is now an actor and has appeared in a number of films.

IN THIS PICTURE: Former athlete Carl Lewis poses for photographers as he arrives for an award ceremony in Zwentendorf in Lower Austria July 24, 2009. Lewis will receive the SAVE THE WORLD AWARD 2009 tonight.




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NUMBER 8

ROGER FEDERER
Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), having previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

IN THIS PICTURE: Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a volley to Jose Acasuso of Argentina during their second round match at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament August 19, 2009.
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PELE
Edison Arantes do Nascimento (born 23 October 1940), best known by his nickname Pelé is a Brazilian football player. He was given the title of Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. Time magazine listed Pelé as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. While his birth certificate shows his first name as Edison (after Thomas Edison), he prefers to call himself Edson, but it is as Pelé that he has become a sporting legend.


IN THIS PICTURE: Brazilian soccer legend Pele (L) plays with International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Nawal El Moutawakel during an inspection visit at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro May 1, 2009. Rio de Janeiro is competing with Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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NUMBER 6

ROD LAVER
Rodney George "Rod" Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia) is a former tennis player from Australia who was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970. He is the only tennis player to have twice won all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year - first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player during the open era to have won a calendar year Grand Slam. Laver is rated, along with Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Björn Borg as one of the greatest male tennis players of all time by many experts and polls.


IN THIS PICTURE: Tennis legend Rod Laver poses with his trophy after being awarded the "Alan King Tennis Passion Award" at the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California March 22, 2008.
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DIEGO MARADONA
Diego Armando Maradona (born 30 October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football player, and current coach of the Argentine national side. He is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time.


IN THIS PICTURE: Argentina's coach Diego Maradona conducts a training session at the squad's camp on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, June 4, 2009. Argentina will play Colombia in a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match on June 6.
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TIGER WOODS
Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2008, having earned an estimated $110 million from winnings and endorsements.

IN THIS PICTURE: Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the first hole with the Wanamaker trophy at right during the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, August 16, 2009.
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MICHAEL JORDAN
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player and active businessman. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularising the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.


IN THIS PICTURE: Former NBA star Michael Jordan claps during the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Detroit, Michigan, April 6, 2009.
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SIR DONALD BRADMAN
Ali's record in professional boxing's most competitive era has seen him get the nod ahead of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman. Sir Donald George Bradman (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as The Don, was in the Australian team, and is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.


IN THIS PICTURE: Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, pictured during a television interview in Adelaide in 1996, rewrote cricket record books by scoring 6,996 runs in 52 tests at an average of 99.94 when he played from the 1920s to the late 40s. No other player before or since has come close to matching his batting average.
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MUHAMMAD ALI
Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali, 67, has been named the greatest sports star by Australia's No. 1 sporting magazine Alpha. Ali's record in professional boxing's most competitive era has seen him get the nod ahead of many sports legends. "Ali was an unbelievably skilful, clever boxer who was involved in some of the biggest fights of the 20th century," Alpha editor Heath Kelly said.

IN THIS PICTURE: Muhammad Ali arrives to watch daughter Laila fight at New York's Madison Square Garden.
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