A year of sporting highlights as the mighty fall
"WE CAN win this," said Australian sailor James Spithill with his Oracle Team USA outfit staring down an America's Cup thrashing, trailing Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1.
Most people thought he was crazy, but not his teammates.
A week later, Oracle Team USA completed arguably the greatest comeback in sporting history by taking the America's Cup series 9-8 in San Francisco in September.
The team, backed by IT billionaire Larry Ellison, won an incredible eight consecutive sudden-death races to re-write the history books.
With this answer offered up five times in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, history was finally righted.
They were Lance Armstrong's compelling confessions, confirming him as one of sport's biggest drug cheats.
He answered yes to taking performance-enhancing substances, including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone, after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in October last year.
Armstrong also issued a long-overdue apology to US Postal team masseuse Emma O'Reilly, who he publicly slammed after she blew the whistle on his doping activities.
HE IS the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter, but Ray Allen's shot from outside the arc for Miami in game six of the finals against San Antonio was arguably the most important of his career.
With his team just seconds away from losing the game and the series, teammate Chris Bosh came up with an offensive rebound and flicked the ball out to Allen, who rushed to set himself in the right corner to tie the game.
The Heat then won 103-100 in overtime, before winning the title with a 95-88 victory in game seven.
SOUTH African Oscar Pistorius was lauded during London 2012 after becoming the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games.
He now has a serious question mark hanging over his head.
The "Blade Runner" is facing charges over the February 14 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with Pistorius acknowledging he fired the bullets, but denying murder, saying he believed she was an intruder.
One newspaper recently dubbed him the "Blade Gunner" after two extra gun-related offences were brought against him last month.
JAMAICAN sprinter Usain Bolt temporarily lost his crown as the world's fastest sprinter, losing the 100m dash at the Golden Gala meet to American Justin Gatlin in June.
But he regained his crown in emphatic fashion, winning the 100m at the World Championships in Moscow in August with a lightning-quick time of 9.77 seconds.
Bolt then won gold in the 200m and 4x100m relay to make him the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the World Championships.
AT 37, Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz proved he was still the king of sluggers in October's World Series against St Louis, reaching base an incredible 19 times in 25 appearances.
But it was his clutch grand slam in game two that proved he is a modern-day legend of the sport.
With his team 1-0 down in the series, "Big Papi" changed the momentum of the Fall Classic, smashing a Joaquin Benoit pitch over a leaping Torii Hunter.
Coming in the eighth inning, it was the first game-tying grand slam hit to come that late in post-season history. The Red Sox won the game 6-5 in front of a packed Fenway Park, before taking the series 4-2.
AFTER a magical second in the women's K1 canoe slalom at last year's London Olympics, the then fresh-faced 18-year-old Jessica Fox was dubbed the "Silver Fox".
She went one better in a stunning 2013. Fox dominated the C1 category, winning four World Cups and the under-23 World Championships, before winning the C1 slalom World Championship after a barnstorming final run in Prague in September.
JAMES Magnussen put a year of torture behind him after defending his 100m freestyle at the World Championships in Barcelona in August.
A year on from his heartbreaking defeat in the London Olympic final, the Australian put himself back on the map as the world's fastest swimmer over the distance, clocking 47.71.seconds to win the final.
Magnussen was publicly shredded after London 2012, an event which he thought he would dominate, before finishing second.
EYE witnesses saw buildings lift off the ground and blood smattered everywhere.
Not the scenes you would associate with an iconic event that attracts more than 35,000 participants. Two pressure-cooker bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring an estimated 264 others. An unprecedented manhunt ensued from the Boston police, locking down a large part of the city.
One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was later killed in a shoot-out with authorities, while the other, brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found in a boat in a backyard.
SHORTLY after becoming Britains' second successive winner of the Tour de France in July, the 100th edition of the event, Chris Froome reflected on his time growing up in Kenya.
He said that period in his life helped him stand on his own two feet and make his own decisions. Froome's mother's parents immigrated to Kenya from Gloucestershire, England, to establish a farm. His mother was a physical therapist in Nairobi.
In Kenya, Froome loved mountain biking and exploring tea and coffee plantations in the highlands where he honed his talent.