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

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

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

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

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