Person of the Year 2010 Runners-Up: Chilean Miners

Chilean Miners
Peter Hapak for TIME

Carlos Mamani, 25, heavy machinery operator
"I don't ever want to go back inside a mine again," says the Bolivian citizen, who was only on his third day on the job. "I want to tell young people to take advantage of this life, to see how beautiful it is to be alive every minute that goes by. I learned many things down there."
From left: Mamani in the center with other miners; Mamani up close

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