Athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly won hearts with his Afro hairstyle and his roles in action film such as Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones. Apart from films, he also excelled in karate, winning contests such as the International Middle Weight Karate Championship. He has also played professional tennis.
Retired Icelandic gymnast and track athlete Katrín Davíðsdóttir scripted history as the second woman to be a CrossFit Games champion twice. She was 18 when she began her CrossFit career. She later appeared in the 30th season of the reality game show The Amazing Race.
Jimmy White is an English senior snooker player. Nicknamed The Whirlwind because of his attacking style of play, he has won three seniors world titles. He is currently ranked tenth on the all-time list of ranking event winners. He was the first left-handed player to record a maximum break at the World Championship.
While he had been a promising soccer player in school, Galen Rupp later discovered track and field and became one of the best long-distance runners of the U.S. He is a three-time Olympian and has two Olympic medals, a silver and a bronze, in his kitty.
Jahking Guillory is an American rapper and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry since the mid-2010s. Beginning his career as a teenager, he played the leading role of Brandon in the film, Kicks. His role in the Netflix series On My Block also earned him much appreciation. Since then, he has appeared in many popular TV shows.
With his 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medal, Louis Smith became the second Black male gymnast to have won the medal. A pommel horse expert, he later won three more Olympic medals. He had ADHD as a child and later also won a choral scholarship but chose to focus on gymnastics instead.
Jim Ryun is an American former track and field athlete who won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics. At the peak of his career, Ryun was considered one of the top middle-distance runners in the world. He later became a politician and served in the US House of Representatives. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020.
Merlene Ottey is a Jamaican-Slovenian retired track and field sprinter. She represented Jamaica in international events for 24 years before representing Slovenia for 10 years. In 1993, she clocked 21.87 seconds to set the world indoor record for 200 metres; she has been holding that record ever since. Merlene Ottey is also known for winning several medals at Olympic Games.
When British racing driver Max Chilton made his Formula 3 debut at 16, he became the youngest deriver to do so. He now represents the North American racing series IndyCar. While he initially wished to be a farmer, he began his racing career at age 10, racing in karts.
James van Riemsdyk is an American ice hockey player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. Apart from appearing in the National Hockey League, James van Riemsdyk has also represented his country on several occasions, including the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Christine Ohuruogu is a British athlete who has won an Olympic gold medal, two World Championships, and a Commonwealth gold medal in the 400m event. She also has an Olympic silver medal and a couple of bronze medals under her belt. In 2016, she became the second British track and field athlete to win Olympic medals at three consecutive Games.
Scottish runner Laura Muir scripted history by becoming the first athlete to earn 2 golds at 2 consecutive events at any European Indoor Championship. Not known to many, she is also a trained vet. She also won a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Surprisingly, her clean diet bars coffee.
James Cracknell is a British athlete who specializes in rowing. With six World Rowing Championships and two Olympic gold medals under his belt, Cracknell is regarded as one of the most successful English rowers of his generation. He is also known for his charitable activities; in 2008, he raised funds for the BBC's Sport Relief charity.
Allan Wells is a Scottish former athlete who specialized in sprinting. He represented Great Britain at the 1980 Moscow Olympics where he won a gold medal and a silver medal in the 100 meters and 200 meters events, respectively. Allan Wells also won gold medals at other important tournaments, such as the IAAF World Cup, Commonwealth Games, and European Cup.
Alistair Brownlee made history by becoming the only athlete with two Olympics medals in the triathlon event. His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, too, is a star athlete. Born to a runner father and a swimmer mother, he was introduced to triathlon by Simon Hearnshaw, his uncle, who was also an avid athlete.
Veronica Campbell-Brown is a Jamaican retired track and field sprinter who won eight Olympic medals, including three gold medals, during her illustrious career. Veronica Campbell-Brown also won three World Championship gold medals and two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships.
Belgian Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort suffered from a complicated condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Proficient in wheelchair basketball, swimming, triathlon, and wheelchair racing, the multi-talented and openly lesbian athlete stunned the world by choosing to die by euthanasia at age 40. She had also penned a couple of books.
Five-time Olympian Bulgarian athlete Ivet Lalova-Collio is a master of the 100m and 200m sprint. She has been a European Champion and has won gold medals at the European Junior and Indoor Championships. He career almost ended after colliding with a fellow athlete during a warm-up session and breaking her right femur.
Filip Ingebrigtsen is a middle distance runner from Norway best known for winning the gold medal in the men's 1500 meters event at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam. The following year, he won the bronze medal in the same event at the World Championships in London. In 2018, Ingebrigtsen won a gold medal at the European Cross Country Championships.
Khaddi Sagnia is a Swedish athlete who specializes in the long jump. She competed in the first Youth Olympic Games where she won a gold medal in the triple jump. She also took part in the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships where she won a bronze medal in the long jump final.
Hairul Azreen is a Malaysian martial artist, stuntman, and actor. An exponent of Taekwondo, Azreen is known for appearing in Malaysian action films like PASKAL: The Movie and Polis EVO 2. Also a popular TV personality, Azreen has taken part in reality series like Fear Factor Selebriti Malaysia where he won the first place along with Dazrin Kamaruddin in 2013.
Miruts Yifter was an Ethiopian athlete who specialized in long-distance running. He is best remembered for winning two gold medals at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He also won four gold medals at the IAAF World Cup. Miruts Yifter also had success at the 1973 All-Africa Games where he won a gold medal and a silver medal.
Apart from being a professional snooker player, David Grace is also a painter. He is also known for his towering 6’5” frame. Not only has he won the 2008 European Snooker Championships but he has also made a name for himself for his portraits of snooker players, which he sells.