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January 20, 2015

120 Sports has released its inaugural Millennials' Athlete Index, which ranks the top athletes that matter most for 18 to 34-year-olds.

The data is based on exclusive research with Ranker, a crowdsourcing, consumer list-making web platform.

120 Sports is a digital sports network launched in February which partners with Time Inc./Sports Illustrated, MLB Advanced Media, the NHL, the PGA TOUR, Campus Insiders and Silver Chalice.

120 Sports surveyed 1,400 millennials asking those polled to choose the professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes that mattered most to them.

The top-rated athletes by region were Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (Midwest), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (West Coast), Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (Northeast), Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (South) and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (Mountain). 

Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (21) is the youngest athlete on the list and golfer Tiger Woods (39) is the oldest.

Among the highlights of the survey:

• Eight out of the top 10 are 26 years of age or younger
• Two out of the top five are defending champions in their respective sports
• Jonathan Toews, NHL, was the most liked athlete among females
• One female athlete ranked in top 15
• 70% of the top 10 attended college

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