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Usain Bolt poses during a 2007 SI photo shoot. The sprinter owns three world records, six Olympic gold medals and five World Championship gold medals. (Robert Beck/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt poses during a 2007 SI photo shoot. The sprinter owns three world records, six Olympic gold medals and five World Championship gold medals. (Robert Beck/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Usain Bolt

Slovakia’s Matus Bubenik landed on the matus in rather undignified fashion during the men’s high jump qualifier in Gothenburg during the European Indoor Championship. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

GALLERY: Did You See That?

Slovakia’s Matus Bubenik landed on the matus in rather undignified fashion during the men’s high jump qualifier in Gothenburg during the European Indoor Championship. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)
GALLERY: Did You See That?

USC’s Bob Seagren makes an attempt during the 1966 AAU Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

SI VAULT: Seagren sizzles at the end of a swizzle stick (2.20.67)

USC’s Bob Seagren makes an attempt during the 1966 AAU Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
SI VAULT: Seagren sizzles at the end of a swizzle stick (2.20.67)

Carl Lewis poses with the four gold medals he won at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI VAULT: Lewis epitomizes victory with four gold medals (8.20.84)

Carl Lewis poses with the four gold medals he won at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Neil Leifer/SI)
SI VAULT: Lewis epitomizes victory with four gold medals (8.20.84)

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

Allyson Felix poses for SI photographer Peter Read Miller, who said of the shoot: “We built a 30-foot ramp, painted a sunset sky background and had some foam pads for Felix to crash into as the future Olympian did a series of runs and jumps in advance of her first major story in SI.” The photo was shot with a Canon EOS-1Ds, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom, shot at 1/250 f/6.3. (Peter Read Miller)

GALLERY: Peter Read Miller’s Favorite Shots

Allyson Felix poses for SI photographer Peter Read Miller, who said of the shoot: “We built a 30-foot ramp, painted a sunset sky background and had some foam pads for Felix to crash into as the future Olympian did a series of runs and jumps in advance of her first major story in SI.” The photo was shot with a Canon EOS-1Ds, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom, shot at 1/250 f/6.3. (Peter Read Miller)
GALLERY: Peter Read Miller’s Favorite Shots

Gail Devers shows off her fingernails before a 2001 race in Edmonton. (AFP Photo)

GALLERY: Best Fingernails in Sports

Gail Devers shows off her fingernails before a 2001 race in Edmonton. (AFP Photo)
GALLERY: Best Fingernails in Sports

Yohan Blake tries to spook his competitors before the men’s 200-meter semifinal. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

GALLERY: Did You See That? | Memorable Moments of London Olympics

Yohan Blake tries to spook his competitors before the men’s 200-meter semifinal. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
GALLERY: Did You See That? | Memorable Moments of London Olympics

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

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

Allyson Felix pulls away from silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter to win her first individual Olympic gold with a time of 21.88 in the 200-meter final.

GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 12 | Day 11 | Day 10 Day 9 | Day 8 | Day 7 
ZACCARDI: Felix finally wins her gold medal

Allyson Felix pulls away from silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter to win her first individual Olympic gold with a time of 21.88 in the 200-meter final.
GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 12 | Day 11 | Day 10 | Day 9 | Day 8 | Day 7 ZACCARDI: Felix finally wins her gold medal

Usain Bolt graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after capturing his second straight gold medal in the 100 meters. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Usain Bolt graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after capturing his second straight gold medal in the 100 meters. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Competitors in the women’s 100 meter hurdles - (from left) Tiffany Porter, Sally Pearson, Jessica Zelinka, Eline Berings and Lolo Jones - compete during the semifinals on Tuesday. Pearson would capture gold, while Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells took silver and bronze. Lolo Jones finished fourth. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

LAYDEN: Jones misses glory in 100 hurdles
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Lolo Jones

Competitors in the women’s 100 meter hurdles - (from left) Tiffany Porter, Sally Pearson, Jessica Zelinka, Eline Berings and Lolo Jones - compete during the semifinals on Tuesday. Pearson would capture gold, while Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells took silver and bronze. Lolo Jones finished fourth. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
LAYDEN: Jones misses glory in 100 hurdlesGALLERY: Rare Photos of Lolo Jones

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event, advanced to Sunday’s semifinals in the 400 meters by finishing second in his qualifying heat. (Simon Bruty/SI)

GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5
EPSTEIN: Experts split over whether Oscar Pistorius has unfair advantage

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event, advanced to Sunday’s semifinals in the 400 meters by finishing second in his qualifying heat. (Simon Bruty/SI)
GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5EPSTEIN: Experts split over whether Oscar Pistorius has unfair advantage

Track & Field: 1984 Summer Olympics: USA Carl Lewis runs to victory at the 100 meters during the 1984 Summer Olympics. Lewis won four gold medals — the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump - during the Los Angeles games. He would go onto capture two more gold (100m, long jump) in 1988 at Seoul, two more gold (4x100m relay and long jump) in 1992 at Barcelona and another (long jump) in 1996 at Atlanta. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Greatest Summer Olympics Moments | Top Male Olympians

Track & Field: 1984 Summer Olympics: USA Carl Lewis runs to victory at the 100 meters during the 1984 Summer Olympics. Lewis won four gold medals — the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump - during the Los Angeles games. He would go onto capture two more gold (100m, long jump) in 1988 at Seoul, two more gold (4x100m relay and long jump) in 1992 at Barcelona and another (long jump) in 1996 at Atlanta. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Greatest Summer Olympics Moments | Top Male Olympians

Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine

Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine