Sorry for missing this earlier this week but thank Outsports for the heads up. While the American media and much of the country has become completely obsessed around Michael Phelps—including several of the gay blogs—the International Sports Press Association names Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt the Athlete of the Year.
In a poll by the International Sports Press Association, journalists from 96 nations gave Bolt a narrow edge of 1673 points to 1557 over Phelps. Bolt won a three gold medals, setting world records in the 100 meters, 200 and 400 relay to become the star of Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. In the Water Cube, Phelps was the outstanding star with a history-making eight golds in the pool for the United States.
There is absolutely no question both men are stellar athletes. Phelps' eight gold medal sweep was nothing short of amazing. But it was Usain Bolt who probably was the brightest star in Beijing, who broke every record in front of him, with three gold medals and three world records in sprints. Usain Bolt was a lightning bolt on the field.
Oh and there is always Usain Bolt's post-victory dance.