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)
Rocky FieldingRocky Fielding
(British)

Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
(American)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(South African)
Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
(British)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(American)
Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
(British)
John TavaresJohn Tavares
(Canadian)

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Indian)
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Indian)

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
(British)
Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(British)
Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
(British)

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(American)
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)

Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
(British)
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Filipino)

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
(American)
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
(Russian)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Belizean,American)
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
(American)
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
(American)

Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
(Canadian)
Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
(American)
Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
(American)

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(American)

Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Rachel HomanRachel Homan
(Canadian)
Sergio ParisseSergio Parisse
(Italian)

Mike TindallMike Tindall
(British)
Stuart BinghamStuart Bingham
(British)
Woody StrodeWoody Strode
(American)

Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
(Uzbekistan,Russian)
Geoff CapesGeoff Capes
(British)

Ekaterina GordeevaEkaterina Gordeeva
(Russian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)

Kelly HolmesKelly Holmes
(British)
Ron TurcotteRon Turcotte
(Canadian,American)
Evgeni PlushenkoEvgeni Plushenko
(Russian)

Floyd CollinsFloyd Collins
(American)
Lloyd EislerLloyd Eisler
(Canadian)
Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(British)