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.

Usain Bolt Usain Bolt
Jamaican

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American
Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

Dot Jones Dot Jones
American
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Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander
Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian

Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Eddie HallEddie Hall
British

Wim HofWim Hof
Dutch

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
American
Peter NormanPeter Norman
Australian

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
British

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American

Tommie SmithTommie Smith
American
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
Russian

Jim RyunJim Ryun
American
Matthew PinsentMatthew Pinsent
British

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
Russian

Antonio RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
German
Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
American

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African
Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
Indian

Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American

Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
American
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
Uzbekistan, Russian

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American

Harold AbrahamsHarold Abrahams
British

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American
Dave MirraDave Mirra
American

Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
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Woody StrodeWoody Strode
American

Mike TindallMike Tindall
British

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American
John CarlosJohn Carlos
American

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Casey StonerCasey Stoner
Australian

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
British

Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
American
P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
American
Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
American