2016 Washington Post Sports Figures of the Year

Washington Post Sports Figures of the Year

Published on December 20, 2016

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The past 12 months were accursed, and they were acclaimed. They were at times sad and joyful and, without a doubt, "yuge." They provided moments of profound joy and robbed us of living legends. Stars were born, and others approached rock bottom; curses died, and miracles came to life. A few names stood at the center of it all.

These are not all stars, nor saints. They are not necessarily the best athletes, nor even the most decorated. Instead they are those that most captivated the sports world, the figures from whom we could not look away -- even if we tried -- and whose stories defined the year. For better or worse, these were the faces that filled our printed pages, TV screens and social streams. And for reasons both sad and celebratory, they will always be worth remembering.

These are the Washington Post's Sports Figures of the Year for 2016.

Overall

U.S. Olympic Swim Team

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Football

Colin Kaepernick

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Basketball

LeBron James

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Baseball

Theo Epstein

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Hockey

Sidney Crosby

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Soccer

Leicester City

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Colleges

Art Briles

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Individual

Simone Biles

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