Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was named the Associated Press male athlete of the year on Thursday.
“It's kind of nuts to think about everything I've gone through,” Phelps said. “I've finally had time to myself, to sit back and say, " … that really happened?' It's kind of shocking at times.”
Phelps, who won four gold medals and two silver at the London Olympics, barely defeated Miami Heat star LeBron James to win the award.
Phelps finished with 40 votes in balloting by U.S. editors and broadcasters, while James was next with 37. Track star Usain Bolt, who won three gold medals in London, was third with 23.