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.

Usain Bolt Usain Bolt
Jamaican

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African

Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American
Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian

Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander

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Dot Jones Dot Jones
American

Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British
Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
American
Eddie HallEddie Hall
British

Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen
-

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British

Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
American
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American
Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
American

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino
P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian

Dave MirraDave Mirra
American
Mike TindallMike Tindall
British

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
-

Stuart BinghamStuart Bingham
British
Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
Indian

Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
American

Doug McDermottDoug McDermott
American

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
Swedish
Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
British

Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American

Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
Scottish

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
British
Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
Canadian

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
American
Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
British

Steve BeatonSteve Beaton
British
Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
American

Callum RobinsonCallum Robinson
British
John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian

Denise LewisDenise Lewis
British

Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
Swedish
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Kelly HolmesKelly Holmes
British
Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
American