Top 25 American Athletes of 2014

Top 25 American-Born Athletes - 2014 Edition

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America is arguably the greatest sports nation on the planet. We produce some of the world's best athletes, teams and some of the biggest sports stars. But who are the best of the best in America?

In this this slideshow we'll count down the top 25 American-born athletes that are competing in 2014:

25. Justin Gatlin

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25. Justin Gatlin

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Gatlin is getting up there a bit in years, and he has a checkered past, but he's arguably the best sprinter the USA has. Gatlin won bronze in the 100M during the 2012 Olympics, and he'll be back in 2016 to give Usain Bolt a run for his money.

24. Ryan Suter

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24. Ryan Suter

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Suter is one of the best defensemen in the NHL. He's a former alternate captain on the US Men's Hockey team (which took home silver in 2010), and a Bobby Orr Award winner.

23. Jon Jones

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23. Jon Jones

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It's often said that if you were going to build a fighter, he would look just like Jon Jones. The guy is simply a freak athlete, who will continue to dominate UFC for years to come.

22. Phil Mickelson

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22. Phil Mickelson

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Overall you have to say that Lefty is still the second best US golfer. He's in the waning years of his career, but he's still a major contender in every tournament he enters. Now if only he can get that elusive US Open win to complete the career Major grand slam.

21. Serena Williams

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21. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Not only is Serena Williams the best women's tennis player in the USA, she's hands down the best in the world. She'll probably keep that title for several more years too.

20. Shaun White

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20. Shaun White

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When it comes to extreme sports it doesn't get much more iconic than Shaun White. The Flying Tomato is not only a multiple, multiple time X-Games champion, he's also taken home gold in the Olympics.

19. Ronda Rousey

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19. Ronda Rousey

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The toughest woman in the world, pound for pound, just might be Ronda Rousey. She's mowed down all challengers in the UFC's women's division, and you wonder if she'll ever lose.

18. Jonathan Quick

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18. Jonathan Quick

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How does a team win two out of the last three Stanley Cups? By having the best goalie in all the land. Quick is also an Olympic silver medalist and a former winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

17. Tiger Woods

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17. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Even though he's been on the shelf for basically all of 2014, there's no doubt that Tiger is still the best American golfer. Heck, he's probably still the best in the world, although his ranking no longer reflects that.

16. Aaron Rodgers

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16. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is this close to becoming the best quarterback in the NFL. The guy is simply amazing, and it's only a matter of time before he's recognized as the best as what he does.

15. Ryan Lochte

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15. Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

Lochte had a strong showing in the 2012 Olympics, but he didn't quite take the leap to become America's best Olympic athlete. Still, he's taken home 11 Olympic medals, including five golds.

14. Michael Bradley

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14. Michael Bradley

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Bradley could become one of the USA's most recognizable athletes over the next five years. He currently plays for MLS' Toronto FC, but his talents have been on display for America to see during the 2014 World Cup.

13. Tom Brady

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13. Tom Brady

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Some people think that Brady is on the decline. Those people are crazy. Did you see the receivers he had to throw to in 2013?

12. Clint Dempsey

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12. Clint Dempsey

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Dempsey is the current face of US soccer, which as fans have witnessed, is really taking off in 2014. He's technically Captain America right now.

11. Patrick Kane

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11. Patrick Kane

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Kane is arguably the United State's best hockey player. He's beloved in Chicago, as he should be after scoring the Stanley Cup clinching goal in 2010.

10. Clayton Kershaw

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10. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw is the best pitcher in all of baseball right now, and it's not even close. The lefty is already a two-time Cy Young award winner, and the safe bet is that he'll add a few more to his trophy case before it's all said and done.

9. Kevin Durant

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9. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

The NBA's reigning MVP is very close to the mountain top. You can argue that he's the best scorer in all the land, but he still has some growing to do before he can truly enter the BITW discussion.

8. Calvin Johnson

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8. Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Megatron is hands down the best receiver in the NFL, and quickly climbing the ranks of the all-time greats. He's definitely a dark horse candidate for NFL MVP in 2014.

7. Tim Howard

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7. Tim Howard

Tim Howard

Howard has been part of the US National team since 2002, played for Manchester United and Everton and is currently performing at a high level in the 2014 World Cup. He's obviously the best goalkeeper in the good ol' US of A.

6. Floyd Mayweather

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6. Floyd Mayweather

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Mayweather is not the most popular guy, but he's undoubtedly the face of boxing. Like him or not, the guy as never lost. Never.

5. Mike Trout

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5. Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Here we have five-tool player extraordinaire Mike Trout. He's overall the most talented player in MLB, and he's just getting started at only 22-years of age.

4. Adrian Peterson

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4. Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

The best running back in the NFL, and maybe of all time, is Adrian Peterson. To call the guy a freak athlete, just isn't enough. He's a beast like we've never seen before on the gridiron, and unlike many aging backs, his best days may still be ahead.

3. Peyton Manning

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3. Peyton Manning

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While Manning isn't necessarily athletic, he's still the best player at the most important position in football. Until someone takes the title from him, Manning is the man when it comes to QBs and NFL players in general. Living legend.

2. LeBron James

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2. LeBron James

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A three-peat could have moved LeBron into legitimate GOAT discussions. But as it stands now, he's at minimum a top 15 all-time NBA player. He's easily the BITW when it comes to basketball.

1. Michael Phelps

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1. Michael Phelps

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Even though he talked retirement after the 2012 Olympics, there's no doubt that Michael Phelps is still the best overall American athlete. Not only is he No. 1 in terms of athletic shape, he's the best swimmer of all time. No one has ever accomplished what Phelps has in the the pool.

Can he cap his career with one last iconic gold medal-winning run at the 2016 Rio games?


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