ABC's 'Wide World of Sports' Athlete of the Year

Sports Awards

Began in 1962. Tie in 1973 and 1991. Discontinued after 2000. Missing are: * Australia II-a Yacht (1983)

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32

1962

Jim Beatty

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

31

1963

Valeriy Brumel

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

13

1964

Don Schollander

Swimmer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

37

1965

Jim Clark (Race Car Driver)

Auto Racer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

39

1966

Jim Ryun

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

1967

Peggy Fleming

Figure Skater

42.86% (3 of 7 votes)

38

1968

Bill Toomey

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

1969

Mario Andretti

Auto Racer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

1970

Willis Reed

Basketball Player

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

26

1971

Lee Trevino

Golfer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

34

1972

Olga Korbut

Gymnast

0% (0 of 1 votes)

10

1973

O.J. Simpson

Football Player

52.83% (364 of 689 votes)

28

1973

Jackie Stewart

Auto Racer

0% (0 of 3 votes)

5

1974

Muhammad Ali

Boxer

56.57% (198 of 350 votes)

19

1975

Jack Nicklaus

Golfer

16.67% (1 of 6 votes)

9

1976

Nadia Comaneci

Gymnast

53.10% (334 of 629 votes)

35

1977

Steve Cauthen

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

3

1978

Ron Guidry

Baseball Player

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

11

1979

Willie Stargell

Baseball Player

52.38% (66 of 126 votes)

33

1980

U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Ice Hockey Team (1980)

Sports Team

0% (0 of 7 votes)

25

1981

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxer

0% (0 of 2 votes)

6

1982

Wayne Gretzky

Hockey Player

54.45% (104 of 191 votes)

23

1984

Edwin Moses

Athlete

0% (0 of 5 votes)

1

1985

Pete Rose

Baseball Player

93.75% (15 of 16 votes)

27

1986

Debi Thomas

Figure Skater

0% (0 of 1 votes)

17

1987

Dennis Conner

Athlete

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

29

1988

Greg Louganis

Athlete

0% (0 of 5 votes)

21

1989

Greg Lemond

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

22

1990

Greg Lemond

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

20

1991

Kim Zmeskal

Gymnast

16.67% (1 of 6 votes)

24

1991

Carl Lewis

Athlete

0% (0 of 6 votes)

18

1992

Bonnie Blair

Athlete

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

16

1993

Evander Holyfield

Boxer

40.0% (4 of 10 votes)

40

1994

Al Unser, Jr.

Auto Racer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

1995

Miguel Indurain

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

12

1996

Michael Johnson (Runner)

Athlete

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

7

1997

Tiger Woods

Golfer

53.85% (56 of 104 votes)

4

1998

Mark McGwire

Baseball Player

57.63% (68 of 118 votes)

2

1999

Lance Armstrong

Athlete

80.0% (8 of 10 votes)

8

2000

Tiger Woods

Golfer

53.85% (56 of 104 votes)