Best Of 2005

Best Athlete: Tim Mack

Yes, LeBron James is a phenom, but Tim Mack has won it all. The Cleveland-born pole-vaulter - yes, pole-vaulter - won Olympic gold in 2004. He was a national indoor champion in 2002, and he won the Goodwill Games in 2001. Now, at age 33, he's still hanging around the track-and-field circuit, where 33-year-olds get their protein shakes at the senior-discount rate. He battled a calf injury this year, but scraped his way to a seventh-place finish at the U.S. outdoor championships. And if all goes as planned, he'll be fighting for more hardware in 2006. So until LeBron brings home a ring, Tim will remain the Mack Daddy.

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