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 ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888
Athlete
Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913
 

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961
 

Steve PrefontaineSteve Prefontaine
25 January 1951
Long-distance Runner

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985
Track and field athlete
Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982
Sprinter

Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946
Athlete

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940
 
Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962
Athlete

Christian ColemanChristian Coleman
06 March 1996
Athlete
Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976
Olympic Athlete

Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988
Decathlete

Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964
Actress

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966
Athlete

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

Maurice GreeneMaurice Greene
23 July 1974
Track & Field Sprinter

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959
Sprinter

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
22 March 1989
Athlete
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972
Chief strategy officer

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975
Basketball player, Sprinter
Tommie SmithTommie Smith
06 June 1944
Sprinter, American football player

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981
Entrepreneur, Rower

Jim RyunJim Ryun
29 April 1947
Politician
Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981
Artistic gymnast

Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
20 July 1976
Athlete
Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974
Extreme sports athlete

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942
Musicians

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968
Artistic gymnast
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach

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Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor
John CarlosJohn Carlos
05 June 1945
Sprinter, Athletics competitor, Association

Woody StrodeWoody Strode
25 July 1914
American athlete

Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
16 August 1971
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist

Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
21 June 1951
Musician
Shannon MillerShannon Miller
10 March 1977
Artistic gymnast, Lawyer
Delilah DiCrescenzoDelilah DiCrescenzo
07 February 1983
Athletics competitor

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
20 November 1976
Artistic gymnast

Tyson GayTyson Gay
09 August 1982
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
20 June 1979
Amateur wrestler, Coach
Earl WoodsEarl Woods
05 March 1932
Baseball player, Writer, Military personnel

Dean KarnazesDean Karnazes
23 August 1962
Ultramarathon runner

Galen RuppGalen Rupp
08 May 1986
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor

Misty May-TreanorMisty May-Treanor
30 July 1977
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player

Kerri Walsh JenningsKerri Walsh Jennings
15 August 1978
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player
Floyd CollinsFloyd Collins
20 July 1887
Explorer

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
19 July 1995
Association football player
J. C. Watts, Jr.J. C. Watts
18 November 1957
Politician

Bobby MorrowBobby Morrow
15 October 1935
Olympic Athlete

Avery BrundageAvery Brundage
28 September 1887
Art collector, Basketball player, Athletics
Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
25 September 1991
Racecar driver

Edwin MosesEdwin Moses
31 August 1955
Athletics competitor
Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
20 January 1983
Equestrian

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

Bob HayesBob Hayes
20 December 1942
Olympic athlete

Brian NicholsBrian Nichols
10 December 1971
Spree killer

Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
05 January 1947
Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction
Bob BeamonBob Beamon
29 August 1946
Athletics competitor

Mal WhitfieldMal Whitfield
11 October 1924
Officer, Middle-distance runner, Sprinter, Coach,

Ron TurcotteRon Turcotte
22 July 1941
Jockey

Sara McMannSara McMann
24 September 1980
Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler
Alberto SalazarAlberto Salazar
07 August 1958
Marathon runner, Athletics competitor

Dave WottleDave Wottle
07 August 1950
Athlete
Dick FosburyDick Fosbury
06 March 1947
Athletics competitor, Politician

Billy MillsBilly Mills
30 June 1938
Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner,

Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
03 January 1992
Basketball player
Picabo StreetPicabo Street
03 April 1971
Olympic athlete

Rafer JohnsonRafer Johnson
18 August 1935
Actor, Athletics competitor
Suzy Favor HamiltonSuzy Favor Hamilton
08 August 1968
Athletics competitor, Call girl

Carmelita JeterCarmelita Jeter
24 November 1979
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Paul RabilPaul Rabil
14 December 1985
Lacrosse player
Blake WheelerBlake Wheeler
31 August 1986
Ice hockey player

Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
02 August 1996
American olympic athlete
Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
25 March 1967
Figure skater

Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985
fencer

Karch KiralyKarch Kiraly
03 November 1960
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
13 August 1993
Ice hockey player
Victor EspinozaVictor Espinoza
23 May 1972
Jockey
Florence Griffith-JoynerFlorence Griffith-Joyner
21 December 1959
American track and field athlete

Jeremy WarinerJeremy Wariner
31 January 1984
Athlete

Eric HeidenEric Heiden
14 June 1958
Physician

Meb KeflezighiMeb Keflezighi
05 May 1975
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Frank ShorterFrank Shorter
31 October 1947
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics

Bruce BaumgartnerBruce Baumgartner
02 November 1960
Wrestler

James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
04 May 1989
Ice hockey player

Amos Alonzo StaggAmos Alonzo Stagg
16 August 1862
Athlete

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
20 November 1988
Ice hockey player
Jeb CorlissJeb Corliss
25 March 1976
Presenter

Ralph MetcalfeRalph Metcalfe
29 May 1910
Athlete
Betty RobinsonBetty Robinson
23 August 1911
Ahlete

Dave SimeDave Sime
25 July 1936
Athletics competitor
Danell LeyvaDanell Leyva
30 October 1991
Artistic gymnast
Evelyn AshfordEvelyn Ashford
15 April 1957
American olympic athlete