SI needs your help picking the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year. The winner, as chosen by fans, will be featured in the December 17 issue of Sports Illustrated. Will it be Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics? Or Jeremy Lin, who went from last player on the bench to worldwide sensation? Cast your vote today. (Simon Bruty/SI)
CAST YOUR VOTE: Choose the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

SI needs your help picking the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year. The winner, as chosen by fans, will be featured in the December 17 issue of Sports Illustrated. Will it be Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics? Or Jeremy Lin, who went from last player on the bench to worldwide sensation? Cast your vote today. (Simon Bruty/SI)

CAST YOUR VOTE: Choose the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrates with Christie Rampone after the women’s soccer finale at Wembley Stadium in London. The U.S. team defeated Japan, 2-1, to win the gold medal. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Top U.S. vs. Japan Moments | Classic Alex Morgan PhotosWAHL: U.S. women get revenge against Japan with total team effortKILLION: Controversial goalkeeper Solo saves the day for United States

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrates with Christie Rampone after the women’s soccer finale at Wembley Stadium in London. The U.S. team defeated Japan, 2-1, to win the gold medal. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Top U.S. vs. Japan Moments | Classic Alex Morgan Photos
WAHL: U.S. women get revenge against Japan with total team effort
KILLION: Controversial goalkeeper Solo saves the day for United States

Usain Bolt races to a gold medal during the 200-meter dash on Thursday, becoming the first man to repeat as 100 and 200 champion in consecutive Olympics. (Simon Bruty/SI)
GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 13 | Day 12 | Day 11 | Day 10 | Day 9 LAYDEN: Bolt silences critics and completes an unprecedented state of dominanceVIDEO: Is Bolt the greatest sprinter in Olympic history? | What to Watch: Day 14

Usain Bolt races to a gold medal during the 200-meter dash on Thursday, becoming the first man to repeat as 100 and 200 champion in consecutive Olympics. (Simon Bruty/SI)

GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 13Day 12 | Day 11 | Day 10 Day 9 
LAYDEN: Bolt silences critics and completes an unprecedented state of dominance
VIDEO: Is Bolt the greatest sprinter in Olympic history? | What to Watch: Day 14

U.S. forward Alex Morgan heads in the winning goal during the women’s soccer semifinal match against Canada. The U.S. came from behind three times before Morgan’s winning goal in extra time. The U.S. women play for gold against Japan on Thursday afternoon. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Alex MorganWAHL: Respect at the core of US-Japan gold medal matchVIDEO: Previewing the US-Japan women’s soccer final

U.S. forward Alex Morgan heads in the winning goal during the women’s soccer semifinal match against Canada. The U.S. came from behind three times before Morgan’s winning goal in extra time. The U.S. women play for gold against Japan on Thursday afternoon. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Alex Morgan
WAHL
: Respect at the core of US-Japan gold medal match
VIDEO: Previewing the US-Japan women’s soccer final