While talking about greatest athletes of all time, US sport stars have dominated much of the world sports. They are a power bank of everything that it takes to become a greatest athlete - speed, accuracy, quickness, determination, endurance, physical ability and hand-eye coordination. They are specialists in their trade and have excelled in their sports. While the current American athletes are noteworthy and remarkable, one cannot but restrain from mentioning legendary American athletes such as Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens. Both former track and field athletes have contributed magnanimously to American athletic achievements in their career as a sprinter and long jumper each. While Lewis has 10 Olympic medals and 10 World Championships in his kitty, Owens won four gold medals in Berlin Olympics in 1936. Other prominent American athletes that the world has seen include Sanya Richard Ross, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix, Justin Gatlin, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Lolo Jones and so on. Their impressive career numbers and figures have helped them make their way into history books with their record-setting achievements. To get a brief overview about them and the other renowned American athletes, their life and their journey in sports, go through this section.
Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946
Athlete
Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888
Athlete

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913
 

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985
Track and field athlete

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961
 

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor
Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964
Actress

Steve PrefontaineSteve Prefontaine
25 January 1951
Long-distance Runner

Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982
Sprinter

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962
Athlete
Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976
Olympic Athlete

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940
 
Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988
Decathlete

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966
Athlete

Rudolph IngramRudolph Ingram
13 August 2011
Athlete
Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967
American olympic athlete

Maurice GreenMaurice Greene
23 July 1974
Track & Field Sprinter
Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
22 March 1989
Athlete

Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
20 January 1983
Equestrian

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959
Sprinter
Alberto SalazarAlberto Salazar
07 August 1958
Marathon runner, Athletics competitor

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972
Chief strategy officer
Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
13 March 1995
Alpine skier

Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974
Extreme sports athlete

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975
Basketball player, Sprinter

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942
Musicians
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981
Entrepreneur, Rower
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968
Artistic gymnast

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor

Galen RuppGalen Rupp
08 May 1986
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
21 June 1951
Musician

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Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
03 January 1992
Basketball player

Woody StrodeWoody Strode
25 July 1914
American athlete

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
11 November 1980
Softball player

Dean KarnazesDean Karnazes
23 August 1962
Ultramarathon runner
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
13 August 1993
Ice hockey player

Tyson GayTyson Gay
09 August 1982
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
05 January 1947
Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
19 July 1995
Association football player

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
20 June 1979
Amateur wrestler, Coach
Tommie SmithTommie Smith
06 June 1944
Sprinter, American football player

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
20 November 1988
Ice hockey player
Misty May-TreanorMisty May-Treanor
30 July 1977
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player

Ron TurcotteRon Turcotte
22 July 1941
Jockey

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
20 November 1976
Artistic gymnast

Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981
Artistic gymnast

James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
04 May 1989
Ice hockey player
Bob HayesBob Hayes
20 December 1942
Olympic athlete

Earl WoodsEarl Woods
05 March 1932
Baseball player, Writer, Military personnel

Brian NicholsBrian Nichols
10 December 1971
Spree killer

Dave SimeDave Sime
25 July 1936
Athletics competitor
Kerri Walsh JenningsKerri Walsh Jennings
15 August 1978
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player

Amos Alonzo StaggAmos Alonzo Stagg
16 August 1862
Athlete
Shannon MillerShannon Miller
10 March 1977
Artistic gymnast, Lawyer

Delilah DiCrescenzoDelilah DiCrescenzo
07 February 1983
Athletics competitor

Blake WheelerBlake Wheeler
31 August 1986
Ice hockey player
Bob BeamonBob Beamon
29 August 1946
Athletics competitor

John CarlosJohn Carlos
05 June 1945
Sprinter, Athletics competitor, Association
Dick FosburyDick Fosbury
06 March 1947
Athletics competitor, Politician

Florence Griffith-JoynerFlorence Griffith-Joyner
21 December 1959
American track and field athlete

Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
16 August 1971
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
25 March 1967
Figure skater

Meb KeflezighiMeb Keflezighi
05 May 1975
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Karch KiralyKarch Kiraly
03 November 1960
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player

Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
25 September 1991
Racecar driver

Mary DeckerMary Decker
04 August 1958
Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner,

Edwin MosesEdwin Moses
31 August 1955
Athletics competitor
Billy MillsBilly Mills
30 June 1938
Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner,
Avery BrundageAvery Brundage
28 September 1887
Art collector, Basketball player, Athletics

Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985
fencer

Sara McMannSara McMann
24 September 1980
Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler

Carmelita JeterCarmelita Jeter
24 November 1979
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Rafer JohnsonRafer Johnson
18 August 1935
Actor, Athletics competitor

Floyd CollinsFloyd Collins
20 July 1887
Explorer

Travis RiceTravis Rice
09 October 1982
snowboarder

Picabo StreetPicabo Street
03 April 1971
Olympic athlete

Paul RabilPaul Rabil
14 December 1985
Lacrosse player
Suzy Favor HamiltonSuzy Favor Hamilton
08 August 1968
Athletics competitor, Call girl

Frank ShorterFrank Shorter
31 October 1947
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
02 August 1996
American olympic athlete

Dave WottleDave Wottle
07 August 1950
Athlete

Jessica Rae SpringsteenJessica Rae Springsteen
30 December 1991
 
Jeremy WarinerJeremy Wariner
31 January 1984
Athlete

Eric HeidenEric Heiden
14 June 1958
Physician
Ryan McDonaghRyan McDonagh
13 June 1989
Ice hockey player

Jeb CorlissJeb Corliss
25 March 1976
Presenter

Tatyana McFaddenTatyana McFadden
21 April 1989
Cross-country skier, Athletics competitor

Bob MathiasBob Mathias
17 November 1930
Athlete
LaShawn MerrittLaShawn Merritt
27 June 1986
American track and field athlete

Big E LangstonBig E Langston
01 March 1986
 
Evelyn AshfordEvelyn Ashford
15 April 1957
American olympic athlete

Al OerterAl Oerter
19 September 1936
Painter, Athletics competitor
Bruce BaumgartnerBruce Baumgartner
02 November 1960
Wrestler

Helen StephensHelen Stephens
03 February 1918
Athlete
Mal WhitfieldMal Whitfield
11 October 1924
Officer, Middle-distance runner, Sprinter, Coach,