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Russian former Olympic gold-winning swimmer, widely regarded as one of the the greatest sprint freestyle swimmers of all time.
Nicknamed Little Al, two time Indianapolis 500 winner
A Russian chess grandmaster and former World champion
Started career as young, long-haired rebel and ended up two decades later with a shaved head. Agassi won over 850 singles matches, including 60 titles, 8 Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta in 1996.
Australian. Olympic Squad Member 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000.
Australian. Competed at 6 Summer Olympics, winning 3 Golds for the Three-day event team and 1 Silver for the Three-day event individual.
- won 2 gold medals and 1 silver in 1948 Olympics, set 4 world and 18 U.S. records during career, 1st women and swimmer to win Sullivan Award (1944)
Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide. In singles was #8 in the world in 2000, Kournikova's specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the world's #1 ranked player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002.
He took over the Florida Citrus Open in 1968 in 1978 and moved it to Bay Hill
First black man to win US. Championship (1968) and Wimbleton (1975), 1st U.S. player to earn $100,000 in 1 year (1970), won Davis Cup as player (1968-70) and captain (1981-82), died 1993, the new home for the U.S. Open was named Arthur Ashe Stadium
3 time Formula One world champion, killed whilst leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Was a Major League baseball player from 1914-1935. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in history
Czech javelin thrower. She is the current World and Olympic champion (2008), as well as the world record holder.
32 career wins, including 1 major, inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999
During her career she won 12 Grand Slam single titles including six Wimbledon titles and four US Open Titles. Ranked Number 1 for five years but most well remembered for her challenge against Mr. Bobby Riggs in 1973, which Billie Jean won, putting to rest the notion that women could not defeat men.She won 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles
Nicknamed The Shoe, his career spanned some forty years from 1949 to 1990
3-time winner of Daytona 500 (1978,82,88); NASCAR national champ in 1983
New Zealander. One of the most successful left handed golfers, winner of more than 70 titles and first left hander to win one of golf's Majors.
Only American woman to win 5 Olympic gold medals in Winter Games, born 1964 and retired on 31st birthday as reigning world sprint champ
Favre made a cameo appearance as Mary's boyfriend in There's Something About Mary.
He is the only driver in NASCAR history to win 3 consecutive championships
Won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals of which 8 were gold
Retired, became the first foreign born wrestler ever to reach Yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo
No. 1 player in world 5 times (1975-77,80-81)won 18 majors in all , 7 French, 6 U. S. 3 Wimbledon and 2 Australian, retired after 1989 season with 154 singles titles
He was a very flexible player and although a lock, he was comfortable at flanker, number eight and even on the wing. He was nicknamed the ‘Pinetree’ as he was 6’4’’ tall and 16 stone and he went on to play 133 games for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971 and scored 27 tries.
A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, 25 professional wins, won the U. S. Open twice
Won two NCAA basketball titles at USC (1983-84), won gold medal with U. S. team in 1988, 2-time WNBA Mvp and 4-time league champion with Houston Comets, born 1963
He was a pitcher for five different major league teams from 1890 to 1911, he pitched the first perfect game of baseball's modern era
He won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 and broke the world record for the event four times
Stock car Rookie of Year (1987), winner of 19 NASCAR races, including 1992 Daytona 500, died at age 32 in helicopter accident at Talladega Superspeedway
Australia’s greatest ever winger and one of the world’s finest backs. In total he went on to win 101 caps for the Wallabies and scored a record 64 tries.
Australian. Among achievements, won eight Olympic medals, including five golds, and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. Fraser also held 39 records. She held the 100 meters freestyle record for 15 years and 1 month from December 1 1956 to January 8 1972.
Australian. An outstanding fast bowler of his generation. Held the world record for most Test wickets (355) when he retired in 1984.
He is the all time leader in rebound rate and generally regarded as one the greatest re bounders of all-time, nicknamed The Worm and stands 6ft 7inches
He received the FIFA award Player of the Century (People's choice) as the best football player of all time, played for Argentina
One of the greatest quarterbacks in history, Marino played for the Miami Dolphins for 16 years.
In 1996 Dawes became the first African American to win individual Olympic gymnastics medal (bronze on floor), she won a bronze medal at 1992 Olympics, a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and was a member of the 4th place 2000 Olympic team
Australian. "The Don" is widely considered the best batsman of all time.
Won gold medals in 400m and 400 freestyle at 1964 Olympics, set 18 world records during career, co-founder of Women's Sports Foudation in 1974
6-time PBA Bowler of the Year, 41 career titles, first to earn $100,000 in 1 season (1975), first to earn $1 million in career, came out of retirement in '96
2-time Triple Crown winner (Whiralway in 1941, Citation in 1948), he won the Kentucky Derby 5 times, Preakness and Belmont 6 times each
Australian. Won the Australian Professional Championship, every year with the exception of one from 1963 until 1983.
Brazil. Named athlete of the century by the IOC, better known as Pele
Winner of 4 Olympic gold medals - 100m in 1984, and 4x100m in 1984, '88 and '92, also won silver medal in 100m in '88, member of 5 U.S. Olympic teams (1976-92), inducted into Track and Field and Women's Sports Halls of Fame in 1997
Australian, born 1951, won Australian Open 4 tiimes, Wimbledon twice (1971,80), French once (1971)
30yr old mother of two, who won 4 gold medals (100m, 200m, 800m hurdles and 4x100 relay) at 1948 Olympics, born Holland
Dominant long distance swimmer from 1950s, set English Channel records from France to England (1950) and England to France (1951 and '55), 1917-1995.
In 1996, Dettori made history by winning all seven races of the day at Ascot.
Born Ghana 1989 made history in 2004 when he stepped onto field to play in his first Major Leage Soccer game, his team D.C. United beat San Jose 2-1, he is the youngest athlete to play in a major American sports league since 1887
Won gold medal in 100m in 1992 and '96, world champion in 100m (1993) and 100m hurdles (1993,95,99), overcame thyroid disorder (Grave's disease)
Widely recognised as the best scrum-half to have ever played the game.
Australian, although born in Zambia. Scrum-half who has made more appearances for his national team than any other player in the sport's history.
1st woman to swim English channel, breaking men's record by 2 hours in 1926, won 3 medals in 1924 Olympics, 1905-2003
Australian. Best known for riding Makybe Diva to victory in 3 consecutive Melbourne Cups - 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Australian. Winner of the Men's 1500m freestyle race at both the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics and the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
American. Won back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 3m and 10m diving events in 1984 and 1988.
American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned 1954 through to 1976.
Australian. Former freestyle swimmer. He has won five Olympic gold medals, and in 2001 he became the first person to win six gold medals in one World Championship.
Became the first African-American baseball player of the modern era in 1947
Scotland. Won 3 World Drivers' Championships in Formula One
Australian. Three-time Olympic Gold medalist for 2004 Athens Coxless pair; 1996 Atlanta Coxless four; and 1992 Barcelona Coxless four. Also won Bronze at 2000 Sydney Coxless pair.
Won 3 individual gold medals (400m & 800m freestyle, 400m) at 1988 Olympics, won 1 gold (800m) and 1 silver (400m) at 1992 Olympics
American track athlete specializing in the 400 meters. He has won four Olympic medals (three gold, one silver) and four World Championships medals.
At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics won 4 gold medals: one each in the 100 m., the 200 m., the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 m. relay team. He became the first American to win four Olympic gold medals in track and field.
Left-handed pitcher, born without a right hand, All-American hurler at Michigan, won Sullivan Award in 1987, threw a 4-0 no-hitter for NY Yankees vs. Cleveland (Sept. 4..1993)
Scottish. Forumula One. Won two World Championships in 1963 and 1965. At the time of his death (1968), had won Grand Prix races (25) and more pole positions (33) than any driver.
He won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles with Ilie Năstase and was the mixed doubles runner-up with Chris Evert at the 1974 US Open. He is considered to be one of the top male tennis players of all time.
5-time U.S. Amateur champion, 2-time U.S. Open champ, 3-time LPGA Player of Year (1974,81-82), 7th in career wins (42), born 1939
DiMaggio was a 3-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star. At the time of his retirement, he had the 5th-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941),
World heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.
Football Hall of Fame Quarterback
American. The Lion. Primarily for his "zero to hero" victory in the 1991 PGA Championship.
One of tennis' greats, a natural serve and volley game plus his unpredictability and speed on the court helped him to defeat many mor powerful players. He won
Born Lew Alcindor, led UCLA to 3 NCAA titles (1967-69), Player of the year twice, led Milwaukee (1) and L.A.Lakers (5) to 6 NBA titles, retired in 1989 after 20 years as all-time leader in over 20 categories
Currently an Eight time World Champion.
1st woman to win 4 gold medals at one Olympics (1976), all in world record time, born East Germany 1958
Australian. Regarded as the best female professional surfer in history, having won the World Championship seven times in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
1st American female to be ranked no. 1 in the world (1998) since Chris Evert in 1985, won U.S. Open (1998), Wimbledon (199) and Australian Open (2000), Olympic gold medalist at Atlanta in 1996
He is the only British man to win a gold medal in the 100 m at all four major competitions: the Olympic Games and the World, Commonwealth, and European championships. He was the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m and he still holds the British record in the event. He is a former European record holder in the 60 metres, 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay events. With 23 major championship medals and 10 gold medals he is the most decorated British male athlete.
"The Iron Horse" for the Yankees as first baseman from 1925-1939 when he played in 2130 consecutive games despite multiple broken bones in his hands! Streak ended in 1939 when Gehrig was diagnosed with neuromuscular disease and was forced to retire. Gehrig's lifetime batting average was .340, on base pct. was .447 and lifetime slugging percentage was .632.
Margaret Smith Court won Grand Slam titles in both singles (1970) and mixed doubles (1963 with Ken Fletcher), record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 11 Australian, 5 U.S., 5 French and 3 Wimbledon, born Australia 1942
4-time USAC-CART national champion (1965-66,69,84), only driver to win Daytona 500 (1967), Indy 500 (1969) and Formula One world title (1978), retired after 1994 racing season
He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics.
New Zealander. Voted Rider of the 20th Century by the International Equestrian Federation, (Fédération Equestre Internationale). Won two Olympic gold medals in Individual Three Day Event in 1984 and 1988. Won two World Championships gold medals in 1990 and 1998 in Team Eventing.
Won Grand Slam of Tennis in 1984 by winning Wimbledon, The French Open, The Australian Open, and the U.S. Open all in one year. She won Wimbledon a record number of nine times!
American track athlete. He won four Olympic gold medals and was crowned world champion nine times. Johnson currently holds the world record in the 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay and formerly held the world record in the 200 m and Indoor 400 m.
American. Was instrumental in popularizing the NBA (National Basketball Association) around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Signed a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox on March 31, 1994 during a "retirment period".
American. He has won 14 career Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympian. By the end of 2008, he held seven world records in swimming.
She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States. She became the youngest-ever champion at the 1990 French Open at the age of 16. She was the World No. 1 player in the women's game during 1991 and 1992, but in 1993 she was forced out of the sport for two years following an on-court attack in which a German spectator stabbed her in the back with a 10-inch-long knife.
Retired three time world heavy weight champion and in 1999 Ali was crowned sportsman of the century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC
Romania. First to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event
Norway. He has won five Olympic Gold medals (more than anyone in biathlon), and ten World Championship gold medals.
Australian. Best remembered for winning the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1987.
57 career pro wins including 15 majors, 3-time AP female athlete of year (1938,43,55), died 2006
South African. Fullback, Outside centre. Was the leading point scorer in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
New Zealander. Led his country to 2 America's Cup victories in 1995 and 2000. Previously won the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989, and the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994 by setting the fastest time around the world of 74 days 22 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds on catamaran Enza.
Australian. Won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race 9 times, the Sandown 500 touring car race 9 times and the Australian Touring Car Championship 3 times.
Australian. One of the all-time great halfbacks and a major contributor to Parramatta's dominance of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership between playing in 4 premiership-winning sides with Parramatta in 1981-1983 and 1986.
During his 15-year career, he won 14 Grand Slam men's singles titles, and had a 203–38 win-loss record over 52 Grand Slam singles tournament appearances.
He has won six Grand Slam singles titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles
"Mr. October" dubbed so by fans who saw Jackson come alive during post season play. Jackson was both brash and brilliant and remembered best for hitting three home runs during a world series game in 1977, matching "the Babe's" record!
New Zealand. Regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders of all time.
All-time record 15 Grand Slam titles, including a career Grand Slam.
Has won 22 Grand Slam titles: 11 in singles, 9 in doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles.
He was a fullback who will be remembered for his creativity, natural flair, pace and agility. He went on to win 93 caps for France including two Five Nations Championships Grand Slams
Australian. A leg spin bowler, who is often regarded as one of the finest bowlers in the history of cricket.
Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court's 24.
He then became the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times
4-time winner of Iditarod Trail race (1986-88, 90), American, 1954-2006
New Zealand. Dominated the sport in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She won the World Open on four occasions.
An American left fielder in Major League Baseball. He played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston Red Sox.
American. Has currently won 13 professional major golf championships, the second most of any male player.
Youngest player to win U.S.Open (age 16 in 1979), won 2nd U.S. Open in '81, youngest player ever ot be inducted in Tennis Hall of Fame (aged 29 in 1992)
Won 3 gold medals (2 individual) at 1984 Olympics, set 5 world records and won 48 U.S. national titles from 1978-84
1st overall pick in 1989 NFL Draft (by Dallas), led Cowboys to 3 Super Bowl titles (1992,93,95 seasons), MVP of Super Bowl XXVII
Jamaican sprinter. Bolt holds the Olympic and World records for the 100 metres at 9.69 seconds, the 200 metres at 19.30 seconds and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 metres relay at 37.10 seconds, all set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bolt became the first man to win all three events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man in history to set world records in all three at a single Olympics.
Williams has won 57 titles, which includes 18 Grand Slam titles - seven in singles, nine in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles.
Filipina-American who in 1948 as a member of the U.S. team became the first woman in Olympic history to win gold medals in platform diving and springboard diving, inducted into Int'l Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969
Managed Brooklyn-LA Dodgers 23 years, won 7 pennants and 4 World Series (1955,59,63,65), retired after 1976 season with 2,063 wins
English. Wisden considers Hammond to be a batsman second only to Bradman in the history of cricket.
Canadian. Set 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, 6 All-Star records, won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, and won 9 MVP awards and 10 scoring titles amongst his achievements.
English. For forty-four years (1865–1908 inclusive) was actively engaged in first-class cricket. GJ's hero.
American. Defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, Perry was perhaps better known as "The Fridge".
Player who played the majority of his career with the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. Nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, Mays was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Many consider him to be the greatest all-around player of all time
Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2004 and 2008), was elected Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF twice (2004 and 2005). On July 22, 2005, she became the first female pole vaulter to clear 5.00 meters.
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