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 has compiled its annual Turkeys of the Year and Lance Armstrong is amongst the undistinguished. The cycling legend was relieved of his record-seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life for using performance-enhancing substances. (The International Cycling Union imposed a similar sentence.) Armstrong declined to challenge USADA, but rode off screaming “witch hunt!” despite more than 1,000 pages of damning evidence and testimony from former teammates. As a final indignity, his sponsors fled and the anti-cancer charity he founded dropped his name from its title. (Simon Bruty/SI)
GALLERY: 2012 Turkeys of the Year
Greg “The Shark” Norman poses during a 1986 SI photo shoot. (John Iacono/SI)
Sparky Anderson celebrates with his players after the Reds defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 3 in SI.com’s latest MLB Power Rankings. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
An umpire watches a fastball from his camera during a White Sox spring training game in March 1959. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
Olympic Opening Ceremonies have a long history of grandeur and Friday night’s event followed in that tradition. A record 40.7 viewers tuned into the broadcast and were treated to a parachuting queen, fireworks galore and a Paul McCartney performance.
SI and SI.com have over 40 journalists on site to deliver coverage of the London Olympics with day-by-day galleries and analysis to come. (Simon Bruty/SI)
Earl Anthony works on his game at Pacific Lanes during a 1977 SI photo shoot. Anthony won 43 titles on the PBA Tour as well as six Bowler of the Year awards. (Lane Stewart/SI)
Bobby Clarke shows off his toothless grin during a photo session with SI’s John Hanlon. Clarke, who was drafted 17th overall by Philadelphia in 1969, was named captain of the Flyers at age 23. His rough and, at times, controversial style of play gave him the title of one of hockey’s most hated villains on the sport’s most hated team, but he was beloved in Philly where he led the Broad Street Bullies to two Stanley Cups. Upon retirement, he had amassed 358 career goals and 1,453 penalty minutes. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987 and served as the Flyers’ GM from 1994 to 2006. (John Hanlon/SI)
SI photographer Neil Leifer uses a 4000mm lens to capture the action at a 1962 Senators-White Sox game. (SI Photo Archives)
Bryce Harper poses in the Las Vegas desert during a 2009 SI photo shoot. The Nationals prospect stole home base yesterday against Cole Hamels after the Phillies hurler hit him with a pitch.
GALLERY: Photos of Bryce Harper
Adam Morrison, who drew comparisons to Larry Bird while at Gonzaga, shows off his dorm room during a 2005 SI photo shoot. Morrison, a free agent, last played in the NBA during the 2009-10 season and has spent the past two years playing internationally.
GALLERY: Athletes in their Dorm Rooms
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick poses for a photo shoot in July 2000. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Michael Vick