2012 in Review: Ranking the Top 25 American Women in Sports

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2012 in Review: Ranking the Top 25 American Women in Sports
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It has been quite a year for women in sports. The Olympics will do that, particularly for the talented American women who thrive off the gaze of the entire world, becoming more than just national heroes—but legends in their respective sports.

Here is a list of the greatest female athletes of the year.

Undoubtedly, some women who were left off the list deserve to be mentioned. We decided to limit the list to just American athletes—sorry to Lauren Jackson, Christine Sinclair, the Jamaican sprinters and every Chinese diver on the planet. And we're limiting it to professional athletes and Olympians—Brittney Griner, as good as you are, you should have said yes to the Olympic team to make this list. 

With those rules in mind, let's get to it.

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