Sports Illustrated Lets YOU Pick Best Sports Moment of 2012, Picture of The Year & Inspiring Performer

For almost 60 years the cover of Sports Illustrated has defined the story of the week in sports. Since its release in 1954, the SI cover has stirred a wide spectrum of sports fans across the world to participate in debate, celebration and even superstition. Last year, for the first time ever, SI broke the one constant in that the cover choice had rested in the hands of the SI editorial team and fans were given the opportunity to vote for the top five sports moments from 2011 to be featured on the cover of SI’s year-end issue.

Following the success of Sports Illustrated’s first Fans’ Choice Cover for the Best Moment of 2011, SI is giving the fans an even greater say across three categories, in three issues of the magazine throughout December. This year, fans will decide the Most Inspiring Performer of 2012, the Picture of the Year and again, the Moment of the Year.  Voting will take place entirely on SI’s Facebook page ( where fans will rank their top 5 in that week’s category and then share their choice via Facebook and/or Twitter. On Twitter and Instagram SI will be posting updates and searching for user comments with the hashtag #SIFansChoice.

Last year’s fans’ choice was Eric LeGrand’s return to the field which earned 29.3 percent of first place votes, 10 percent higher than Lionel Messi.

Voting will commence on Thursday, November 22 with fans having a week to weigh in on each category, starting with the Most Inspiring Performer of 2012, followed by the Picture of the Year (voting opens 11/29) and the Moment of the Year (voting opens 12/6).   The Moment of the Year will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s year-end issue (Dec. 31, 2012 issue) while the Most Inspiring Performer and winning Picture of the Year will be featured inside the December 17 and December 24 issues, respectively.

In 2011 the winning moment was Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player Eric LeGrand leading his teammates on the field. LeGrand, who beat out international star-athletes including Lionel Messi, Derek Jeter and Abby Wambach, said appearing on the Sports Illustrated cover was, “like a dream come true.”


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