SOME ATHLETES WOW US WITH THEIR SHEER PHYSICAL BRILLIANCE, OTHERS THROUGH DISPLAYS OF COURAGE, POISE AND PASSION, OR BY THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PUSH LIMITS, BREAK BARRIERS AND HOIST FANS' HOPES ON THEIR SHOULDERS. SI CELEBRATES THOSE SPECIAL STARS—THE INSPIRING PERFORMERS WHO MADE 2012 A SPORTS YEAR TO REMEMBER

Inspiration Nation

Eli Manning

p. 36

Jeremy Lin

p. 48

U.S. Women Olympians

p. 58

R.A. Dickey and Kayla Harrison

p. 66

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONIllustration by DARROWERICK W. RASCO (TROPHIES)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)