Comprehensive directory containing biographies of world's most famous athletes.

Athletes are the persons involved in the sport of athletics. Athletics include track and field events such as running, throwing, walking and jumping, the most common events being long distance running, cross-country running, and race walking. Athletics are very popular due to the fact that that such competitive events are simple to be organized and do not require expensive equipment. Mostly athletic events are individual sports though there are exceptions like relay races and cross-country races. Athletics have their origins in the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in 776 BC in Greece. Athletes have to maintain a very strict and healthy lifestyle which includes paying significant attention to their diets and exercise routines. They have to undergo a stringent training and practice routine in their chosen sports in order to compete professionally. Being a professional athlete is physically taxing and mentally exhausting. Since athletes are in their top form for only a few years, they are able to actively participate in competitive sports only for a limited period of time.  Also they face the risk of injuries that might limit or even end their career. Some athletes may become coaches and instructors after their retirement from active sports. Browse this section to know about the life and works of various famous athletes from all over the world.

Nancy KerriganNancy Kerrigan
(American)
Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
(American)

Kaetlyn OsmondKaetlyn Osmond
(Canadian)
Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
(Russian)
Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(South African)

Ekaterina GordeevaEkaterina Gordeeva
(Russian)
Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(American)
Evgeni PlushenkoEvgeni Plushenko
(Russian)

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)
Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
(Czech,American)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)

Rachel HomanRachel Homan
(Canadian)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(American)

Kurt BrowningKurt Browning
(Canadian)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
(Swedish)

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
(British)
Picabo StreetPicabo Street
(American)
Von MillerVon Miller
(American)

Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Elvis StojkoElvis Stojko
(Canadian)
Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(British)

Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
(American)
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
(American)
Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
(British)

Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
(British)
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
(American)
Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
(American)

Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
(British)
Amy WilliamsAmy Williams
(British)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)

Ole Einar BjørndalenOle Einar Bjørndalen
(Norwegian)
Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
(American)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Belizean,American)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)
Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(British)

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Indian)
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(American)
Torah BrightTorah Bright
(Australian)

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
(American)
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(American)
Sergio ParisseSergio Parisse
(Italian)

Toto WolffToto Wolff
(Austrian)
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
(Uzbekistan,Russian)
Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
(Belarusian)

Mike TindallMike Tindall
(British)
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
(Canadian)
Carey PriceCarey Price
(Canadian)

Michelle JennekeMichelle Jenneke
(Australian)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Filipino)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Earl WoodsEarl Woods
(American)