2012 in Review: Top 5 Male Athletes of the Year

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2012 in Review: Top 5 Male Athletes of the Year
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2012 was a great year in sports. 

It brought us joy, thrills, sadness, satisfaction, tears and we were always on the edge of our seat waiting to see what our favorite superstars would do next. 

But five of those superstars stood alone this year in a class of their own. 

These five male athletes broke records, won championships, shattered expectations and brought fans to their feet in excitement.  

These five athletes carved 2012 in a way that made it an awesome year to be a sports fan. 

But which athlete stood above the rest? 

Let's rewind 2012 and find out in this definitive list.

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