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Associated Press Athletes of the Year

The Associated Press is an organization that gathers news and sells it to newspapers and other media outlets.

  • Alice Marble

    American tennis player who served as a spy during wartime.

    • 1939-40 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Althea Gibson (born 1927)

    American tennis player. The first black tennis player to achieve worldwide prominence.

    • 1957-58 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Ann Curtis

    American swimmer.

    • 1944 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Betty Hicks Newell

    American golfer.

    • 1941 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Bonnie Blair

    American speed-skater.

    • 1994 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Chi Cheng

    Taiwanese runner.

    • 1970 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Chris Evert Lloyd

    American tennis player.

    • 1974-75, 1977, 1980 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Dawn Fraser

    Australian swimmer.

    • 1962 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Debbie Meyer

    American swimmer.

    • 1969 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Evonne Goolagong Cawley

    Australian tennis player. Probably the most famous Australian Aborigine in history.

    • 1971 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Francina ''Fanny'' Blankers-Koen

    Dutch track and field star.

    • 1948 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Gloria Marie Callen

    American swimmer.

    • 1942 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Helen Stephens (born 1918, died 1993)

    American track and field athlete.

    • 1936 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Helen Wills Moody (born 1905, died 1998)

    American tennis player.

    • 1935 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Helen Jacobs (died 1997)

    American tennis player.

    • 1933 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Helene Madison

    American swimmer.

    • 1931 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (born 1962)

    American track and field athlete.

    • 1987 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Katherine Rawls

    American swimmer.

    • 1937 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Kathy Whitworth

    American golfer who has won more professional tournaments than any other golfer in history.

    • 1965-66 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Maria Bueno

    Tennis player.

    • 1959 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Marlene Bauer

    American golfer.

    • 1949 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Mary Lou Retton

    American gymnast. The first female athlete to be featured on a Wheaties box.

    • 1984 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Mary Decker Tabb

    American runner.

    • 1982 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Maureen ''Little Mo'' Connolly

    American tennis player. The first woman to get a Grand Slam, winning all four major tennis tournaments (U.S. Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon) in the same year.

    • 1951-53 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Mickey Wright

    American golfer.

    • 1963-64 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias (Babe Didrikson) (born 1913, died 1956)

    American athlete who excelled in golf, track, basketball and baseball.

    • 1932, 1945, 1947, 1950 and 1954 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Nadia Comaneci

    Rumanian gymnast.

    • 1976 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Nancy Lopez

    American golfer.

    • 1978, 1985 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Olga Korbut

    Soviet gymnast.

    • 1972 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Pat McCormick

    American diver.

    • 1956 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Patty Berg
    • 1938, 1943, 1955 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Peggy Fleming (born 1948)

    American figure skater.

    • 1968 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Rebecca Lobo

    American basketball player.

    • 1995 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Sheryl Swoopes (born 1971)

    American basketball player.

    • 1993 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Stefanie Marie ''Steffi'' Graf (born 1969)

    German tennis player.

    • 1989 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Virginia Van Wie

    American golfer.

    • 1934 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Wilma Rudolph (born 1940, died 1994)

    American athlete.

    • 1960-61 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Beth Daniel (born 1956)

    American golfer.

    • 1990 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Martina Navratilova (born 1956)

    Czechoslovakian-born American tennis player.

    • 1983, 1986 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Billie Jean King (born 1943)

    American tennis player.

    • 1967 and 1973 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Tracy Austin (born 1962)

    American tennis player.

    • 1979, 1981 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Monica Seles (born 1973)

    Yugoslavian-born American tennis player.

    • 1991-92 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Florence Griffith-Joyner (born 1959, died 1998)

    American track star.

    • 1988 Associated Press Athlete of the Year

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