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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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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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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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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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