Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.
Donovan Bailey is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter. He once held the world record for the 100 meters and is considered the greatest Canadian sprinter of all time. Noted for his top speed, he became the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. In 2004, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.
From being an infant whose both legs were amputated below knee, Oscar Pistorius went on to become a top athlete with wins in Paralympic Games and other sporting events. The South African sprinter also became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics Games. However, later, he was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and is currently imprisoned.
Paula Radcliffe is a retired distance runner, credited with winning the London Marathon and the New York Marathon three times each. Born into an athletic family, she emerged as a running talent by the time she was in her teens, winning the world junior cross-country title at the age of nineteen, eventually. She held the Women's World Marathon Record from 2003 to 2019.
Asafa Powell is a Jamaican sprinter who set the 100 metres world record on two occasions between 2005 and 2008. He achieved international prominence in 2016 when he won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Asafa Powell has also won a couple of gold medals at the World Championships.
English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.
Bob Hayes was an American athlete and a football player. An Olympic gold medalist and a Super Bowl ring winner, Hayes was inducted into both Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. He won gold medal in 100m and 4 x 100m relay in 1964 Tokto Oympics Hayes was once regarded as the world's fastest human.
Eilish McColgan is a British middle-distance athlete. She competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase and 5000 meters. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. She won the Great South Run in Portsmouth in 2018. She has a degree in mathematics and accountancy from the University of Dundee.
Gabriel Landeskog is a professional ice hockey player who is currently leading the Colorado Avalanche which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Landeskog is also an important player for the Swedish national team. He helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. He also helped his team win a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Best recognized as the chief strategy officer of NLF's Cleveland Browns, Paul DePodesta played both football and baseball while attending Harvard University, from where he earned his degree in economics. Shortly, he began his career as baseball executive for Cleveland Indians, thereafter serving various other baseball clubs, including New York Mets, before joining Cleveland Browns as the chief strategy officer.
Known for his signature laughter, Kriss Akabusi is a former track and field athlete who has three Olympic bronze medals to his credit. He also became a European Champion in 1990, breaking a 22-year British 400m hurdles record. He had previously also been part of the British Army.
Kaetlyn Osmond is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. She is best known for winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Previously, she had won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Kaetlyn Osmond also won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2018.
Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer. An important member of the US fencing team, Muhammad is the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics for the United States. In 2016, she became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal while wearing a hijab; she won a bronze medal for her team.
Though he had to undergo surgical treatment for hernia as a child, Jahangir Khan has begun playing squash by age 8 and later emerged as the greatest squash player not just in Pakistan but in the world, too. The former world number 1 is a 6-time World Champion.
Peter Snell was a New Zealand athlete who specialized in middle-distance running. He won three gold medals at the Olympic Games and is the only man to have won the 1500 and 800 metres at the same Olympics since 1920. In 2012, Peter Snell was inducted into the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.
A talented fly-half, Stephen Donald, or Beaver, as he is known by his fans, soared to fame after scoring the winning penalty at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has played for teams such as Waikato, Chiefs, and Bath, too. He has also appeared on the singing reality show The Masked Singer NZ.
Known for his stint with the Super League teams Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls, Jamie Peacock has also captained the Great Britain and England teams. He started his career anew after retiring for a year. He also began a mental-health campaign to end the stress related to the COVID-19 lockdown.
New Zealand basketball player Corey Webster is a promising shooting guard/point guard and is best known for his stint with the Egyptian club Al Ittihad. A 3-time NBL champion, he has also had an on-and-off stint with the New Zealand Breakers. He has also played in clubs from Israel, China, and Greece.
Emelie Forsberg is a Swedish athlete who competes in ski mountaineering and trail running. Renowned for her endurance and incredible strength, Forsberg has won six medals so far including four gold medals at the Skyrunner World Series. She also has one gold medal at World Championships and three gold medals at European Championships.
Retired Canadian ice-hockey defenseman Dan Hamhuis started his NHL career with the Nashville Predators and then moved on to the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars. The Olympic gold medalist and 2-time World Champion has also played for the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League.
English rugby player Ben Kay is known for his 62-cap win for England from 2001 to 2009. He also had an 11-year stint with the Leicester Tigers. Born to Lord Justice of Appeal Sir John William Kay, he earned the nickname "M'lud." Post-retirement, he has been an ESPN commentator.
Brandon Starc is an Australian high jumper. He won a silver medal at the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore when he was just 16 years old. He was a finalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is married to fellow athlete Laura Turner.
Dan Lydiate grew up on his family farm before finding his calling in rugby. A terrible neck injury at the beginning of his career almost halted his rugby dreams, though he bounced back with his tackling and rucking skills. He has played for both Wales and the British & Irish Lions.
Ana Maria Popescu is a Romanian fencer best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. She has also won a silver medal each at the 2008 and 2020 Olympics. A two-time world champion and seven-time European champion, Ana Maria Popescu is much-respected in the world of fencing.
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter is a Kenyan-Israeli runner who has won gold medals at the 2018 European Championships and 2020 World Marathon Majors, representing Israel. She also took part in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where she competed in the marathon. Chemtai holds the current Israeli national record for the best time in the marathon.