For an athlete the start of each year must be magic. A clean slate. So much is possible. So much can be accomplished. Titles can be nabbed. Contracts can be fattened up. Records can be broken. Headlines can be made.
But it doesn't always go like that. Sometimes Old Father Time pays a body too much attention. Or Lady Luck not enough. What could have been a banner year becomes one of squandered title shots. Pay cuts. Dwindling performance. Fading limelight.
Put on your sympathy caps and click on to see the woeful athletes who desperately await the clean slate of 2014.