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Six rising sport stars for 2010

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • CNN World Sport selects its six sports stars to watch in the first year of a new decade
  • Michelle Wie, Sebastian Vettel, Dominic Adiyiah, Kevin Durant, Marin Cilic and Lindsey Vonn are the picks
  • This year sees major events such as the soccer World Cup and the Winter Olympics

(CNN) -- A new year, a new decade -- and the perfect time for those coveting sporting superstardom to stake their claim and join the super-elite stratosphere occupied by the likes of Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer.

CNN World Sport has racked its collective sporting brains to come up with six of the best who we feel will go the extra mile and become household figures, not just in their respective sports but also among the wider public.

Our list contains four men and two women who are all well-known among supporters of their respective sports, but who we believe will make waves on the front pages as well as the back.

We would like your feedback on our selection and hear from you who you believe will make a sporting breakthrough in 2010 -- use the sound off box below.

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Michelle Wie (golf)

Our first choice almost fits the bill in everything but her golfing record, which is improving but still boasts just one tournament win as a professional.

Michelle Wie served notice of her prodigious talent by taking on the best on the LPGA Tour while barely a teenager and then having the audacity to pit her skills against men on their professional tour, making the cut at one minor event.

She had the world at her feet with a multi-million sponsorship deal by 16, but then came a wobble that left her future in the game in serious doubt.

Without a win on the LPGA Tour and seeming to lose interest in the sport, Wie looked headed for oblivion until she returned, a more mature and rounded young woman with a purpose.

Results have not been startling, but a superb showing in the Solheim Cup for the U.S. then finally victory in the Lorena Ochoa Invititatonal saw her end 2009 on a high. Expect major wins in 2010 and remember the public love nothing better than a fallen heroine who has made good again.

Sebastian Vettel (motorsport)

Our second choice is a young German Formula One star who many believe will be the next Michael Schumacher.

Well, Sebastian Vettel will get the chance to pit his formidable talents against the seven-time world champion, who has made a shock return to the grid with Mercedes, and could pip the great man in the overall standings at the end of the season.

Vettel pushed Jenson Button hard for the title in 2009 as Red Bull dominated the back end of the season. He will be hoping the team are just as competitive at the start of 2010 so he can truly announce himself on the global sporting stage. Failing that, Ferrari are rumored to be keeping their eye on his prodigious talent.

Dominic Adiyiah (football)

With both the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup in 2010, the stage is set for a young footballer to burst to prominence, and CNN World Sport is predicting that AC Milan's young Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah will be the man.

Adiyiah was named the MVP at the Under-20 World Cup with winners Ghana, earning him a dream switch to Serie A with the Rossoneri.

He joined the Italian giants in January, but first will come his bid to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations in Angola and at the end of the European season is the World Cup in South Africa starting in June.

Ghana are rated one of their continent's best hopes of glory on the full global stage and 20-year-old Adiyiah is tipped to mix it with the best. Remember, Pele was a relative unknown and three years younger when Brazil claimed the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1958, so the precedent has been set.

Kevin Durant (basketball)

Kevin Durant is already an established star in the NBA, having been college player of the year in 2007 and NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008.

The Oklahoma Thunder small forward, formerly at the Seattle Supersonics, is a scoring machine. This season he is fourth in the charts with more than 28 points per game.

He recently set a franchise record of seven consecutive matches scoring 30 points or more and has signed a massive endorsement deal with Nike.

A place in the NBA All-Star team awaits, and recognition he is set to join Bryant and LeBron James as a cut above the rest.

Marin Cilic (tennis)

Giant tennis player Marin Cilic stands nearly two meters tall and is aiming to hit the heights in a grand slam this year.

The Croatian stunned second seed Andy Murray of Britain in the fourth round at last year's U.S. Open and lost narrowly in the next round to eventual winner Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.

Cilic and Del Potro share similar traits and, with three career titles and a best ranking of 13, the 21-year-old has the pedigree to challenge the very best in the game.

Many predict a changing of the guard at the top of the world game, with Roger Federer nearing the end of his career and Rafael Nadal struggling with injury. The likes of Cilic are ready to step in.

Lindsey Vonn (skiing)

Our final selection is already the poster girl of the Vancouver Winter Olympics next Februay, but is still yet to win a medal in two attempts.

As a 17-year-old in Salt Lake City in 2002, Lindsey Vonn performed admirably, but in Turin four years ago she performed below expectation and did not make the podium.

This time around, the American is predicted to sweep gold in several events and repeat her performances at the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere.

A bit like Usain Bolt before the Beijing Olympics, Vonn now just has to walk the walk and her place as a global sporting superstar is assured.

A recent injury scare had the U.S. team and the TV companies holding their breath, but the indications are that the girl from Minnesota is about to strike gold.