United Press International Female Athlete of the Year

The United Press International Male Athlete of the Year Award was awarded each year from 1974 to 1995. The winners were decided by a panel of sportswriters and editors from around the world associated with United Press International. See also the winners of the Male Award.

Year Athlete Nationality Sport
1995 Gwen Torrence USA Athletics
1994 Jingyi Le China Swimming
1993 Wang Junxia China Athletics
1992 Monica Seles Yugoslavia Tennis
1991 Monica Seles Yugoslavia Tennis
1990 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Athletics
1989 Steffi Graf West Germany Tennis
1988 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Athletics
1987 Steffi Graf West Germany Tennis
1986 Heike Drechsler East Germany Athletics
1985 Mary Decker Slaney USA Athletics
1984 Martina Navratilova USA Tennis
1983 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czechoslovakia Athletics
1982 Marita Koch East Germany Athletics
1981 Chris Evert Lloyd USA Tennis
1980 Hanni Wenzel Liechtenstein Alpine skiing
1979 Marita Koch East Germany Athletics
1978 Tracy Caulkins USA Swimming
1977 Rosemarie Ackermann East Germany Athletics
1976 Nadia Comaneci Romania Artistic gymnastics
1975 Nadia Comaneci Romania Artistic gymnastics
1974 Irena Szewinska Poland Athletics

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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