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The Year in Sports: Part II

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It’s been an incredible year for sports in Indian Country, with American Indian and indigenous athletes wowing spectators all across the globe, from the baseball diamonds of New York to the skate parks of Arizona. We've been honored to have been here to report on it for you, and we tip our caps to all the amazing competitors who made 2011 so unforgettable. We began with Part I, which we posted this past Wednesday.

We thought we’d put together a list for you so you could join us in remembering all the incredible things that transpired over the past twelve months in the world of sports. There have been so many incredible moments provided by so many outstanding American Indian and indigenous athletes we couldn't fit it all into one story, so we're bringing you this sports-minded retrospective in four parts, with Part II today.

Without further ado...

  1. The person you'd much, much rather be standing behind then facing.
  2. The most impressive (and non-lethal) sports story involving a weapon.
  3. Most underrated sport with the most underrated athletes who are all actually extremely gifted and surprisingly well adjusted.
  4. The fasteset Native teenager on four wheels.
  5. The most pressure and expectations on a young Native athlete.
  6. The best use of sport-derived fame and fortune for the good of others.
  7. The least reported milestone reached by an American Indian athlete.
  8. The most difficult sport played by the toughest athletes that doesn't get nearly enough respect in America.
  9. Most deserving athlete to have a cool documentary featuring their life premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  10. Best use of an Olympic Gold Medal
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Check back in for Part III tomorrow!