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

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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.

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Lolo JonesLolo Jones
(American)
Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(South African)

Earl WoodsEarl Woods
(American)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
(American)

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
(British)
James CracknellJames Cracknell
(British)
Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
(British)

John TavaresJohn Tavares
(Canadian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(American)

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
(American)
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(American)
Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
(British)

Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
(Russian)
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
(Canadian)

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Filipino)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Indian)

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
(British)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
(British)
Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
(British)
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
(American)

Sam WarburtonSam Warburton
(British)
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Indian)
Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Belizean,American)
Sergio ParisseSergio Parisse
(Italian)

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(British)
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
(American)
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
(Russian)

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
(American)
Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
(American)
Stuart BinghamStuart Bingham
(British)

Mike TindallMike Tindall
(British)
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(American)
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui

Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
(American)
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(British)
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
(Canadian)
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
(Russian)

Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
(British)
Woody StrodeWoody Strode
(American)
Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
(Ethiopian)

Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
(Scottish)
Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
(American)