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Athletic star turn: a trip down New York's 'Canyon of Heroes'

Beginning in 1886, New York City has saluted explorers, royalty, war heroes, astronauts, heads of state, and Pope John Paul II with ticker-tape parades. Many athletes also have made their way up the "Canyon of Heroes," mostly as teams – as the New York Giants of the National Football League did on their Broadway journey last week as the newly crowned Super Bowl champions. Groups of Olympic athletes have been honored as well, but so have various individual sports stars for their achievements. Those who've soloed, according to, with the year and reason each was feted:


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