Michael Phelps beat out some pretty stiff competition this year to win the Associated Press male athlete of the year honours.
Phelps won with 40 votes by U.S. editors and broadcasters. The Miami Heat‘s LeBron James was second with 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23 votes.
Michael Phelps career is one of the greatest careers in any sport. He is now only the second Olympian to be named AP male athlete of the year more than one time. Carl Lewis, a track and field star in the 80’s won it in 1983 and ’84.
Michael Phelps was honoured by the news and commented:
Obviously, it’s a big accomplishment. There’s so many amazing male athletes all over the world and all over our country. To be able to win this is something that just sort of tops off my career.”
This year, Michael Phelps had another incredible Olympic games, coming out with four gold medals and two silvers.