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

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British
Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian

Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander
Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian
Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
Finnish
Earl WoodsEarl Woods
American
James CracknellJames Cracknell
British

Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
Canadian
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American
Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
Russian
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
British
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Indian

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American
Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
American
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
British

Mike TindallMike Tindall
British
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
Russian

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
American
John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
Canadian
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
Russian

Jim KellyJim Kelly
Australian, American
Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
British
Nieky HolzkenNieky Holzken
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Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American
Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
British
Lester PiggottLester Piggott
British
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
British
P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
American
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
American
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
Russian
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
Uzbekistan, Russian

Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
Swedish
Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
-
Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish
Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
British

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian
Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
British
Paul RabilPaul Rabil
American

Rick NashRick Nash
Canadian
Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
Scottish
Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British
Jamie BennJamie Benn
Canadian