A look at some of the top athletes who have gone out as champions.
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MLB Baseball - New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio in an undated file photo. (Photo by William C. Greene/Sporting News via Getty Images)
President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) presents Basetball Hall of Fame member and human rights advocate Bill Russell the 2010 Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House February 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to twelve pioneers in sports, labor, politics and arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Stanley Cup X Bourque
9 Jun 2001: Ray Bourque #77 of the Colorado Avalanche hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the New Jersey Devils during the Stanley Cup finals at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Devils 3-1 to win the series 4-3. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
Robinson celebrates with the trophy
SAN ANTONIO - JUNE 15: David Robinson #50, Kevin Willis #42 and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating the New Jersey Nets 88-77 during game six of the 2003 NBA Finals on June 15, 2003 at the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XXXIII - Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons - January 31, 1999
Quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos celebrates after winning Super Bowl XXXIII 34 to 19 over the Atlanta Falcons on 01/31/1999. This was Elway's second connsecutine Super Bowl win and his last game before retiring. (ArtSelect 00013, DPS 6153) 000-005-013 (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks
Steelers Jerome Bettis kisses the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on February 5, 2006. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2008 file photo, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan celebrates after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in the Super Bowl XLII football game in Glendale, Ariz. Single-season sacks leader Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the hall announced Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)