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45 more sporting heroes of 2012

Alex Chick

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Eurosport-Yahoo! has been profiling sporting Heroes of 2012 all week. Today, you get an arbitrary selection of heroes.

It's not meant to be comprehensive or objective. It's just a list of people who have enhanced the year in sport for me, in alphabetical order.

Please add your own selections at the bottom of the page.

Nicola Adams - Thumped people, hard. Then went to Nando's.

Sergio Aguero - Completed the most ridiculous end to a football season we will ever see.

Ben Ainslie - Four consecutive Olympic golds. The ultimate competitor.

Hashim Amla - Impossible to get out.

Usain Bolt - Still the guy everyone else wants to be.

Danny Boyle - Is an opening ceremony sport? Maybe not, but it was fantastic.

Seb Coe - Did more than the guy who got stuck on a zip wire.

Alastair Cook - Like Kevin Pietersen, only sensible.

Orlando Cruz - First professional boxer to come out as gay.

Jody Cundy - Paralympic cyclist whose disqualification provoked the year's best rant.

Dr Andrew Deaner - Cardiologist whose fortuitous presence probably saved Fabrice Muamba's life.

Vicente Del Bosque - Because those ludicrously talented players don't organise themselves.

Charlotte Dujardin - You don't have to understand dressage to know she's the best at it.

Jessica Ennis - The world's best all-round sportswoman.

Mo Farah - Fast.

Frankel - Really fast.

Missy Franklin - 17-year-old American who dominated the London 2012 pool winning four golds.

Carl Froch - Walloped Lucian Bute, reinvigorated his career.

The Gamesmakers - Gave their time and effort for nought but a pair of chinos.

Katherine Grainger - Perseverance pays off - an Olympic champion at last.

Philip Hindes - German-born cyclist whose deliberate crash helped Sir Chris Hoy into Olympic legend. Nice one, Phil.

LeBron James - NBA champion, Olympic champion, best basketball player since Jordan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Love him or hate him... you should really love him.

Paul Kimmage and David Walsh - Nobody did more to expose Lance Armstrong.

Bert Le Clos - Chad's dad, the most gloriously proud Olympic parent.

Rory McIlroy - Best golfer in the world. You'd think he could afford a haircut.

Peyton Manning - Producing the mother of all comeback seasons in the NFL.

Jonny Marray - A British Wimbledon champion!

Ruta Meilutyte - She trains in Plymouth! She trains in Plymouth!

Lionel Messi - Scores goals.

Neymar - Scores goals like this.

Alan Oliveira - The man who beat Oscar Pistorius in a giant Paralympic upset.

Ronnie O'Sullivan - World champion again - snooker misses him.

Michael Phelps - If four golds and two silvers is a bad Olympics, you're pretty great.

Andrea Pirlo - If he had done nothing else, that penalty against England would have been enough.

Ian Poulter - European talisman during the greatest Ryder Cup comeback ever.

Mitt Romney - The moment he dissed London 2012 was the moment Britain united behind the Olympics.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Is it possible he's underrated?

Joanna Rowsell - Gold medal winning cyclist and alopecia sufferer who collected her gold medal wigless.

Casey Stoner - Double MotoGP champion who retired at 27.

Sarah Storey - Versatile as an egg. Paralympic swimmer turned cyclist has won 11 golds over 20 years.

Lindsey Vonn - Very possibly the greatest skier ever.

Abby Wambach - 150 international goals and an Olympic gold.

Heather Watson - First British woman to win a WTA Tour title since 1988.

Serena Williams - Almost literally back from the dead, probably the best female tennis player of all time.

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Andy Murray

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

Didier Drogba

Alex Zanardi

Bradley Wiggins

Katie Taylor

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