Over the past year Kobe Bryant has lost substantial ground. I'm not speaking of in NBA standings, but as the most popular athlete in the U.S. Every year Interactive conducts a polls on who is the most popular male / female athlete. This year Kobe has been knocked down in a two way tie for third. Check out the Top 5 male and female athletes.

MALE
1. Derek Jeter

2. Peyton Manning

3. Kobe Bryant (tie)

4. Michael Jordan (tie)

5. Tiger Woods

FEMALE

1. Serena Williams

2. Venus Williams

3. Danica Patrick

4. Maria Sharapova

5. Mia Hamm