Olympians Who Were Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year (57)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Michelle Akers USA FBL 1996 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Lance Armstrong USA CRD 1992—2000 Seven-time Tour de France winner, 2002 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bill Baker USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Roger Bannister GBR ATH 1952 First sub-four-minute mile, 1954 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bonnie Blair USA SSK 1984—1994 Multiple Olympic speed skating gold medalist, 1994 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Neal Broten USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Judi Brown USA ATH 1984 Helped abused children, 1987 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Brandi Chastain USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Dave Christian USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Steve Christoff USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Cassius Clay USA BOX 1960 World heavyweight champion, 1974 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jim Craig USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mary Decker-Slaney USA ATH 1984—1996 Double world champion, 1983 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mike Eruzione USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Chris Evert USA TEN 1988 Multiple Grand Slam titles, 1976 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Joy Fawcett USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Julie Foudy USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Wayne Gretzky CAN IHO 1998—2000 NHL MVP, Art Ross, 1982 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mia Hamm USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
John Harrington USA IHO 1980—1984 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Pat Head USA BKB/Coach 1976—1984 1976 USA Basketball Silver Medal and Co-Captain, 2011 Sports Illustrated Sportswomen of the Year
LeBron James USA BKB 2004—2012 NBA star, 2008-12 USA Basketball Gold Medals, 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Ingemar Johansson SWE BOX 1952 World heavyweight champion, 1959 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Johnson USA Coach/IHO 1980—2010 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rafer Johnson USA ATH 1956—1960 Decathlon world record, 1958 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kip Keino KEN ATH/IOC/NOCK 1964—2017 Cared for orphaned children, 1987 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Johann Olav Koss NOR IOC/SSK 1992—2001 Triple Olympic speed skating gold medalist, 1994 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Sugar Ray Leonard USA BOX 1976 World welterweight champion, 1981 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kristine Lilly USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jerry Lucas USA BKB 1960 Final Four MVP, 1961 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Shannon MacMillan USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rob McClanahan USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tiffeny Milbrett USA FBL 1996—2000 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bobby Joe Morrow USA ATH 1956 Triple Olympic gold medalist, 1956 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Ken Morrow USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Edwin Moses USA ATH 1976—1988 Olympic gold medalist, 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jack O'Callahan USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Carla Overbeck USA FBL 1996—2000 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Cindy Parlow USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Pavelich USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Christie Pearce-Rampone USA FBL 2000—2012 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Michael Phelps USA SWM 2000—2016 Eight Gold Medals in 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mike Ramsey USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mary Lou Retton USA GAR 1984 Olympic gold medalist, 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tiffany Roberts USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Bill Russell USA BKB 1956 NBA champion player-coach, 1968 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Jim Ryun USA ATH 1964—1972 Mile world record, 1966 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Buzz Schneider USA IHO 1976—1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Briana Scurry USA FBL 1996—2004 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Dave Silk USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Kate Sobrero-Markgraf USA FBL 2000—2008 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Eric Strobel USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Rob Suter USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Tisha Venturini USA FBL 1996 1999 USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Phil Verchota USA IHO 1980—1984 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Mark Wells USA IHO 1980 1980 USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal Team, 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Serena Williams USA TEN 2000—2016 21 Grand Slam titles (1999-2015), four Olympic gold medals (2000-12), 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year