Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va.,/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance, is one of 15 nominees for Sports Illustrated's Most Inspiring Performer of 2012, who will be determined by fans. Beginning today, fans can go to Facebook.com/SportsIllustrated and rank their favorites among 15 candidates selected by SI's editors. Voting ends Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Douglas caught the imagination of gymnastics fans around the world with her bright smile and dazzling gymnastics during the 2012 Olympic Games, where she helped the USA win the coveted team gold medal and went on to become the Olympic all-around champion. She also was the all-around champion at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics.
The complete list of nominees is below.
- R.A. Dickey (New York Mets pitcher)
- Gabrielle Douglas (U.S. Olympic gymnast)
- Jessica Ennis (British track and field athlete)
- Mo Farah (British track and field athlete)
- Missy Franklin (U.S. Olympic swimmer)
- Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets point guard)
- Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos quarterback)
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings (U.S. Olympic Women's beach volleyball team)
- Andy Murray (tennis player)
- Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts head coach)
- Oscar Pistorius (South African sprinter)
- Megan Rapinoe (U.S. Women's soccer midfielder)
- Manti Te'o (Notre Dame linebacker)
- Bradley Wiggins (British cyclist)
- Alex Zanardi (Italian racing driver and paracyclist)
Fans will also get to vote on Picture of the Year (balloting begins Nov. 29 for the Dec. 24 issue) and Moment of the Year (Dec. 6 for the cover of the Dec. 31 year-end issue).