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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Rocky FieldingRocky Fielding
(British)
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(American)
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(American)

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
(British)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen

Felix BaumgartnerFelix Baumgartner
(Austrian)
Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
(American)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)

Toto WolffToto Wolff
(Austrian)
Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
(British)
John TavaresJohn Tavares
(Canadian)

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
(British)
P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Indian)
Peter NormanPeter Norman
(Australian)

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(British)
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
(American)
Tommie SmithTommie Smith
(American)

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
(British)
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Indian)
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Filipino)

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(South African)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Mike TindallMike Tindall
(British)

Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
(American)
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
(Russian)

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Belizean,American)
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(American)
Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
(American)

Aliya MustafinaAliya Mustafina
(Russian)
Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
(American)
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)

Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
(American)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)

Stuart BinghamStuart Bingham
(British)
Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
(American)
Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
(British)

Dani PedrosaDani Pedrosa
(Spanish)
John CarlosJohn Carlos
(American)
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
(Uzbekistan,Russian)

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
(Australian)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
(American)
Woody StrodeWoody Strode
(American)
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui

Dhanraj PillayDhanraj Pillay
(Indian)
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
(American)
Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(British)

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Zara PhillipsZara Phillips
(British)
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
(Russian)