The best of the sports GIFs, essays, photos, and inspiring stories BuzzFeed brought you this year.
It was a year full of suspicious babies, Segways, platypuses, and DJ Roombas.
Some athletes you fall in love with. Some you fall in lust with.
The funny, the heartwarming, and the completely indecipherable.
This year, these 21 athletes made the leap from mere fame (or, in some cases, total anonymity) to iconhood. You’ll like them — which is good, since we’ll all be spending a lot more time with them going forward.
This year we all fell in love with the Aussie sprinter, her smile, and her extremely bouncy pre-race routine.
The laughs. The falls. The images that move slightly to make the jokes funnier.
It was a landmark year for crossovers in the NBA.
The photogenic marathoner, the unimpressed gymnast, and other memes that made for a chuckle-filled 2012 in athletics.
It’s been a heartwarming, heartwarming year.