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The Toughest of 2015

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The Spaceman: Scott Kelly

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The Contrarian: Chris Borland

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The Prodigy: Katie Ledecky

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The Wildmen: Mick Fanning…and Seven Other Men Who Fought Animals to Save Themselves

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The Everyday Heroes: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone

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The All-Time-Great: Serena Williams

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The Activists: The University of Missouri Football Team

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The Outdoorsman: John Sain

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The Political Prisoner: Jason Rezaian

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The Mythbuster: American Pharaoh

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The Civil Rights Warrior: Bree Newsome

She took down a Confederate flag in the midst of a battle. Sounds like a 19th century maneuver, but nope—it’s unfolding right now.

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The Groundbreakers: Kristen Griest, Shaye Haver, and Lisa Jaster

Ranger School separates the weak from the strong. These women were the first in history to conquer it–here’s how.

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The Survivor: Autumn Veatch

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The Marriage Activists: Dave Ermold and David Moore

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The Hero: Florent Groberg

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The Funny Man: Tracy Morgan

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The Ageless Wonder: Don Pellmann

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The Pirate Hunter: Peter Hammarstedt

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The Operator: Joshua Wheeler

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The Strongman: Hafthor Julius Bjornsson

World’s Strongest Man or talented actor? He’s both.

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The Iron Man: James Lawrence

50 triathlons in 50 days isn’t a cruel form of punishment–it’s a choice, and just another piece of what makes him amazing.

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