Monday Dec. 22, 2008
UNDATED (AP) -- Michael Phelps, the winner of eight gold medals at the Summer Olympics in China, has been named the Male Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press. His story of success has also been named the AP's Story of the Year.
In winning the Male Athlete of the Year award, Phelps received 172 votes while runner-up Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter, received five votes and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning four.
The second biggest story of the year was the New York Giants' upset of New England in the Super Bowl, which ruined the Patriots' perfect season. The third-rated story was the saga of Tiger Woods and his dramatic win in the U.S. Open.
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