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List Rules Upvote the athletes and sports superstars who knocked it out of the park in 2014.

Ah... to be the best there is in your game. 2014 was a big year for sports, with major international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup thrown in with all the usual athletic events like the Super Bowl, World Series, and other league championships. The athletes on this list were the best of the best, leading their sports with points, goals, and other insane statistics, and definitely stood out as the greatest players in any sport in 2014.

Some of these male and female sports stars had a breakout season, while others continued their legacies of greatness. Unfortunately, a few of these talented athletes were part of teams that were unsuccessful, but individually, they are still worthy of a spot among the best 2014 athletes.

We scoured highlights and big games the year in sports, from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB to the international sports scene including major league soccer, the Olympics, and world championships. Do you agree with these picks? Add your favorite athletes who had huge year's in 2014 or vote up the stars you love who are already listed.

Of course, after you've viewed the best, be sure to check out the worst athletes of 2014.
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Ronda Rousey


Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
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There is no more dominant a fighter on the women's side of mixed martial arts than Ronda Rousey. Love her or hate her, the undefeated Rousey (10-0) has defeated many of her opponents in less than a minute. 

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Boqueman added Thomas Müller


Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
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Peyton Manning


Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
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The 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time First-Team All-Pro quarterback for the Denver Broncos came oh-so-close to winning another Super Bowl in 2014. Manning lead the Broncos to the final game of the post-season by leading the league in passing yards (5,477), touchdowns (55), yards per game (342), and passing attempts and completions (450 out of 659). His 82.93 quarterback rating led the league. And, to top off his great year, in Week 7 of the 2014-2015 season, Manning surpassed Brett Favre to become the NFL's All-Time touchdown leader.

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Clayton Kershaw


Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
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No pitcher was more dominant in the regular season than the Dodgers's ace Clayton Kershaw. He led the majors in nine major pitching categories including wins (21), ERA (1.77), and strikeouts per game (10.8).

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