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Parker adds AP award to Olympic gold, NCAA crown, WNBA MVP

Updated: December 24, 2008, 1:21 PM ET
Associated Press

It's been a whirlwind year for Candace Parker.

She led Tennessee to a second straight national championship in women's basketball, was the first pick in the WNBA draft, took the league's MVP and rookie of the year awards, and helped the U.S. win a fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.

Now Parker, 22, has been selected female athlete of the year by members of The Associated Press.

"Wow, that's amazing," Parker said. "It's been a great year from so many standpoints. ...

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