Eight great male athletes of 2010

Ryan Lochte
USA, swimming

In winning his second consecutive award as world swimmer of the year, Lochte, 26, captured six gold medals at the Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine. Lochte won both individual medleys, the 200-meter backstroke and freestyle races and took golds in both freestyle relays. At the World Short-Course Championships in Dubai later in the year, Lochte won six golds and a silver to confirm his outstanding season. Lochte also beat Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at the U.S. National Championships, marking the first time he defeated Phelps, head-to-head, at a major national or international meet. Lochte now has the world record, in both short and long-course competition, in the 200 IM, a race Phelps once owned.