Individuals from all walks of life are among the nominees for Time's 2012 "Person of the Year."
On Tuesday, the magazine announced the 38 people in the running for the annual honor. The winner will grace the cover of Time and join past winners such as last year's "The Protester," Mark Zuckerberg, Ben Bernanke, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and, of course, 2006's "You."
While they both had already garnered hardware for themselves and their homeland of the United States, Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas had grander hopes when it comes to winning medals at London's 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
Fresh off of capturing gold in the Team Final earlier in the week, 16-year-old Miss Douglas eked out another first place finish in the Individual Women's All-Around Gymnastics Final on Thursday night (August 2).
Olympic history was made today when U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever when he won the gold medal with his teammates in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay (July 31). The Americans' time was 6:59.70, more than three seconds faster than runner-up France. France earned silver in the relay, while China took the bronze.
On Sunday, the revered athlete tweeted, "There's nothing like being on a relay for #teamUSA !!" before joining teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens in today's race in London.