Person of the Year 2010 Runners-Up: Chilean Miners

Chilean Miners
Peter Hapak for TIME

Florencio Avalos, 31, assistant foreman
Steady, but shy — Avalos took charge of filming the videos of his fellow miners because he didn't want to be on camera himself. He was the first miner sent up in the rescue capsule because officials determined he was "lo más hábil", "the most able," to handle any technical difficulties that might arise. "I just came back from China," says Avalos who was in Beijing doing interviews, "and I was amazed at how interested they are in us even that far away. That's given me a lot of strength to move beyond what happened to us." From left: Avalos, left, standing with fellow miner Raúl Bustos); up-close

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