142 U.S. Associated Press members selected athletes with most impressive performances in the 2000-2010 decade. The vote results were surprising, athlete of the decade being elected with 56 votes, Tiger Woods.
Currently, Tiger Woods holds up the front pages of all major newspapers because of a sexual scandal. After a car accident, that took place three weeks ago, juicy infidelity stories started to emerge in newspapers. Still, his sport performances are not put into the shade by his personal reputation.
In ten years, Tiger Woods won 64 tournaments, from which 12 represent major championship tournaments. Holding at least a trophy on every continent where golf is played, Tiger Woods surely seems to be an exceptional athlete.
The second athlete, according to the Associated Press vote is Lance Armstrong. Being a cancer survivor, Armstrong impressed the world winning Tour de France six times in the last ten years. He received 33 votes from the U.S. newspaper editors that took part to the voting process.
Roger Federer came out the third, following Lance Armstrong. Federer won 15 Grand Slam titles, more than any other man. The 25 votes received brought him just the third spot among the best athletes of the last 10 years.