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The Best Athletes of 2013  

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List Rules Top athletes of the year, judged only by their performances during 2013 seasons

The best athletes of 2013 are the league leaders, most valuable player award winners and widely regarded as the top players in their respective sports. They might not play against one another on the field or court but that doesn't stop anyone from ranking them all head to head to select the top athletes of 2013.

When selecting 2013's best athletes, many perennial favorites once again top the list. LeBron James once again led his Miami Heat to the NBA Championship. Peyton Manning, now at the helm of the Denver Broncos, is impressing NFL fans across the globe. Serena Williams continues to dominate in the world of tennis. All have been on the best athletes of the year lists before and show little signs of stopping now.

But how do you compare one top athlete in one sport to a fellow leader in another? That's where it gets tricky. Johnny Manzeil might be the top college football player of 2013 but can he compare to top fantasy football performer of 2013 Adrian Peterson? David Ortiz won the World Series MVP when his Boston Red Sox brought home the championship but is his performance better than that of top soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo?

However you rank these best athletes of 2013, do so below! You can also add those not listed and re-rank this list of the top athletes of 2013 your way.
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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Jeanette Ottesen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Rūta Meilutytė is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Marianne Vos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Christina Obergföll is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Bohdan Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Svetlana Shkolina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Robert Harting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Hanna Melnychenko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Vítězslav Veselý is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
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