Olympic fever has struck the Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel. More than a week into the London Games, nine of the top 10 spots in this week's rankings went to Olympic athletes, with only Justin Verlander able to break up the monopoly.
With the focus on London, it's no surprise to see the all-time winningest Olympic athlete atop the list. Michael Phelps wrapped up his Olympic career with 22 total medals, 18 of them gold, making him a near-unanimous choice to top the list. Phelps's closest challenger was Usain Bolt, who defended his title the 100-meter dash, and cemented his status as "the fastest man in the world" (at least, on land).
Andy Murray comes in third after finally winning a title at Wimbledon, though the gold medal isn't quite the same as the Grand Slam. Of course, Serena Williams doesn't have to choose which title she'd rather have, since she won them both.
That's what our panel came up with, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.
2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events that fall in that time span.