Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Lynx Player

Seimone Augustus

We know the hype around Seimone Augustus's athletic prowess: When she was three, she joined a basketball team for five-year-old boys. When she was 14, Sports Illustrated for Women put her on the cover and asked if she was "the next Michael Jordan." In 2006, she was the top pick in the WNBA draft and Rookie of the Year; by 2011 she led the Lynx to a WNBA championship and was named the the WNBA's Finals MVP. In 2012, she added to the Olympic gold medal collection that she started in Beijing in 2008. First, though, she did something even more impressive than play really good basketball: She started talking about her sexuality. In May, Augustus revealed her plans to wed her girlfriend of five years, LaTaya Varner. A month later, she and Varner grand marshaled the Twin Cities Pride Parade, and not long after, Augustus headed to London to become one of just 23 Olympic athletes, out of 10,000 competing, who identify as openly gay. In August, Augustus spoke to ESPN's Outside the Lines about not worrying that her love life would interfere with her career. "Before, you're a little bit afraid, like, 'Well, maybe I'll lose some fans,'" Augustus said. "But the people that love you want to be a part of who you are."

Best Lynx Player (2012) Seimone Augustus

Best Coach (2012) Cheryl Reeve

Best Lynx Player (2011) Rebekkah Brunson

BEST LYNX PLAYER (2010) Seimone Augustus

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Day Trip Winona

Best Sledding Powderhorn Park

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Wild Player Zach Parise

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings