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.

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(American)
Rocky FieldingRocky Fielding
(British)

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Indian)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(American)

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
(British)
Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(British)
Felix BaumgartnerFelix Baumgartner
(Austrian)

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
(American)
Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(South African)
Toto WolffToto Wolff
(Austrian)

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
(American)
Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
(British)

P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Indian)
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
(American)

Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
(British)
Peter NormanPeter Norman
(Australian)
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Filipino)

Denise LewisDenise Lewis
(British)
Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Belizean,American)
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(American)

Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
(Russian)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Tommie SmithTommie Smith
(American)

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
(American)
Dafne SchippersDafne Schippers
James CracknellJames Cracknell
(British)

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(British)
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
(American)
Mike TindallMike Tindall
(British)

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
(Russian)
Earl WoodsEarl Woods
(American)

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
(British)
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
(American)
Casey StonerCasey Stoner
(Australian)

Woody StrodeWoody Strode
(American)
Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
(Ethiopian)
Aliya MustafinaAliya Mustafina
(Russian)

John CarlosJohn Carlos
(American)
Dhanraj PillayDhanraj Pillay
(Indian)
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen

Colin JacksonColin Jackson
(British)
Tyson GayTyson Gay
(American)
Lloyd EislerLloyd Eisler
(Canadian)

John TavaresJohn Tavares
(Canadian)
Sadako SasakiSadako Sasaki
(Japanese)
Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
(French,Jamaican)

Kelly HolmesKelly Holmes
(British)
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
(British)
Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
(Ethiopian)

Delilah DiCrescenzoDelilah DiCrescenzo
(American)
Deepika KumariDeepika Kumari
(Indian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)