First-time Title Winners in '07
The Colts quarterback cemented his status as one of the game's best with Indianapolis' 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Manning's first Super Bowl appearance. But Manning isn't alone in achieving first-time glory in 2007. Here are some others.
When Kelly Pavlik got up from a second-round knockdown on Sept. 29 and went on to defeat Jermain Taylor in seven rounds, he became the new WBC world middleweight champion.
It took 12 hard seasons, but Michael Finley finally earned his first NBA title ring as the San Antonio Spurs disposed of Cleveland in four games.
The Anaheim goalie was among the most notable of this year's first-time Stanley Cup winners as he helped the Ducks put away Ottawa in a best-of-seven series that went only five games.
The Phoenix Mercury's potent 1-2 punch won the first WNBA title of their career in a back-and-forth five-game series against the Detroit Shock.
The 15-year-old gymnast from Iowa became only the fourth American woman to win the all-around title at the World Championships. She followed in the footsteps of Shannon Miller, Chellsie Memmel and Kim Zmeskal.
A naturalized U.S. citizen from Kenya, Lagat became the third man in history to win the 1,500/5,000 double at a major international championships, joining Paavo Nurmi (1924 Olympics) and Hicham El Guerrouj (2004 Olympics). Lagat pulled off his double at the World Championships in Japan.
An up-and-comer on the PGA tour, the 26-year-old captured his first victory by winning the Wyndham Championship in August. He has five Top 10 finishes this year and is one of five rookies in history to eclipse the $2 million mark in earnings on the Tour.
At the tender age of 22, Hamilton won his first Formula 1 race in only his sixth Grand Prix start. All told, the rookie has four victories in 2007 and is atop the driver standings with two races remaining.<br><br>E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who would you add to the list.