Vladimir Putin The Russian president appeared to enjoy the intense speculation over his mysterious 10-day absence from the public eye, joking after his reappearance that life would be boring with gossip. Usually a very visible presence, Putin's disappearance had sparked a flurry of rumours ranging from plausible ones about health problems to rather more offbeat talk of a military coup, a trip to Switzerland to attend the birth of a child by his rumoured Olympic gymnast girlfriend and even his death. Sarah Lee Wai-sze The Asian Games cycling double gold medallist was all smiles and tears as she accepted the Best of the Best Sports Star for 2014 award at Hong Kong's annual sports Oscars. Lee won the top honour for the third year in a row. In 2014, she won two gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games, a first for a Hong Kong athlete, after overcoming a serious back injury a month before the competition. Lee now turns her attention to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. Lewis Hamilton The reigning Formula One champion got the new season off to a perfect start with emphatic win in the Australian Grand Prix. In the post-race interview Hamilton also got to share jokes with Arnold Schwarzenegger, confessing that he was a big fan of the Terminator star. His Down Under trip then ended on a light note when a family of tourists, unaware of who he was, asked him to take a picture of them at the Sydney Opera House.