Credentials: One of the world's most elite cyclist and only American ever to win three consecutive Tour de France championships. Dominated the competition again, perfecting a "Threepeat Tour de Lance."
Past ESPY's: 2000 Comeback Athlete.
Credentials: Set major league home run record with 73. Tabbed an amazing all-around campaign earning him his 4th MVP award. Great familiarity with the base on balls.
Past ESPY's: 1994 Male Athlete of the Year, Baseball Player of the Year.
Credentials: Undisputed top collegiate wrestler in the nation. Completed his entire career at Iowa State without losing a single match. Collected a final 4 year record of 159-0 and nabbed four NCAA championships along the way. Not too shabby.
Past ESPY's: none
Credentials: The 2001 NBA Finals MVP, started each of the Lakers 16 playoff games, averaging 30.4 points, 15.4 rebounds, and .555 from the field during the postseason. Helped the Lakers capture the crown and Mark Madsen learn to boogie.
Past ESPY's: 2001 Men's Pro Basketball Player of the Year, 1993 Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in an Attempt to Break into Show Business.
Credentials: Became the first golfer ever to win four straight major championships. This career victories leader usually pockets about $2 mil. at tournaments just for showing up. The guy must be doing something right.
Past ESPY's: 1990's Golf Decade Award, 1998, 2000 and 2001 Men's Golfer of the Year, 2000 and 2001 Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, 1998 Showstopper of the Year, 2001 Championship Performance, 2001 Record-breaking Performance