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Column: Only 1 athlete of the year in 2012, Messi

Updated: December 12, 2012, 5:06 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JOHN LEICESTER

AP Sports Columnist

PARIS -- `Tis the season for making merry and for choosing our top sports men and women of the year, two distinctly separate annual rituals that in fact dovetail neatly, because part of the joy and merriment of following sports is debating who is best at them.

This being an Olympic year, we were spoiled for choice in 2012.

Oscar Pistorius is a tempting candidate for most admirable sports person of the year, ...

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