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Best athletes of 2009

Christina Pomoni,

im Clijsters, Usain Bolt, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods have achieved incomparable performances in 2009 and really stood out for their courage, strength, stamina and passion for what they're doing.

2009 was full of great accomplishments from athletes, who have demonstrated excellent skills and have achieved incomparable performances. Although it's not easy to single out the top athletes of the year, there are athletes, who really stood out for their courage, strength, stamina and passion for what they're doing.

Kim Clijsters
Tennis is by far one of the hardest and most challenging sports on the planet, but when Kim Clijsters takes over it seems like the simplest thing in the world. In 2009, Clijsters returned to tennis after two years and won the U.S. Open after achieving excellent performances.

In 2007, Clijsters had announced her decision to abandon competitive tennis to start a family. She got married to American basketball player Brian Lynch and in 2008 she gave birth to their wonderful daughter Jada Ellie. In 2009 she announced her decision to return to professional tennis spreading happiness in the hearts of the fans around the globe and anxiety in the hearts of her competitors in the tennis courts.

And they were right to be worried. Clijsters hasn't forgotten anything of her unparalleled technique that had made her number one in the world in 2003. Apparently, she has returned to stay and she has all the potential to become number one again and be on the top for a long time. U.S. Open was only the beginning. And time will prove what an excellent player and character she is combining her mental strength with athletic posture towards great achievements.

Usain Bolt
When Bolt run 100 meters in 9.69 seconds at Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008 everybody knew he could do better. And he did. The "Lightning Bolt" smashed the 100-meter record running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at Berlin World Championship in August 2009. And he didn't stop there. He smashed his own record in 200 meters running 200 meters in 19.19 seconds. What makes Bolt's record even more impressive and sports fans more demanding is that 19.19 is 0.11 seconds faster than 19.30 that he did at Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008, but Bolt run into a headwind (-0.3m/s) in Berlin. So, this makes us all wonder: what is he capable of doing if he runs at (0.0 m/s) or with a favorable wind?

No matter if Bolt is here to stay or if he is a "Lightning Bolt" that will soon fade out, he has managed to differentiate himself from any other track runner in the history of track and field with his unique, hard running style, excellent speed and tough demeanor.

Kobe Bryant
The shooting guard of Los Angeles Lakers was named Finals MVP after Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship over the Orlando Magic in 5 games. This was the 4th NBA title for Kobe Bryant and his first Finals MVP Award and he definitely deserved both.

Being dedicated to defense, Kobe sustained intensity and teamwork, while his own game became quicker to an extent that he was almost unstoppable. His statistics throughout the regular season are quite impressive: he scored 61 points in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, he gave nearly 400 assists in the regular seasons and he averaged 33 points per game in the Finals. With such a leader, it was no surprise that the Lakers won the NBA Championship.

Kobe Bryant is ready for much more. Being already recognized for his leadership skills and his instrumental role in the Lakers, he is ready to win more championships with the Los Angeles team. It's not only his motivation to defend the NBA throne with his teammates; it's also his personal bet to prove that this personal overachievement was not accidental.

Tiger Woods
Coming off a major knee surgery that kept him off track for the second half of 2008 and the first six weeks of 2009, nobody knew what to expect, and in that respect, Woods' comeback has been a blatant success.

Tiger Woods is, admittedly, one of the best athletes of 2009. Because golf is not as physical as the majority of other sports, many people consider it easy, or even uninteresting. However, people who play golf know how easy it is to make a mistake. Woods returned after a major knee injury and achieved an eight-stroke triumph in Chicago. Although during the year he hasn't won as many majors as in any other previous year, he managed to be consistent and achieve high finishes. This demonstrates a strong mindset, a talented player and a confident individual, who was ready to compete against approximately 150 players from around the globe. And he did it.


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