Famous Athletes - List of Famous Athletes - page 3

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.

The Most Famous Athletes

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Sebastian CoeSeptember 29, 1956BritishSebastian Coe is a British former track and field athlete turned politician
Hadi SaeiJune 10, 1976IranianHadi Saei Bonehkohal is a former Iranian taekwondo athlete who has won 2 Olympic gold medals for his country
Fatima WhitbreadMarch 3, 1961BritishFatima Whitbread is a British former javelin thrower who is a two-time Olympic medalist
Nadia ComaneciNovember 12, 1961RomanianRomanian athlete Nadia Comăneci is credited for being the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the history of Olympics
Satcha PrettoApril 5, 1980HonduranSatchaPretto is an Emmy award-winning journalist for the largest Spanish-language television channel in the United States
Stefka KostadinovaMarch 25, 1965BulgarianStefka Kostadinova is a former Bulgarian athlete and the reigning world record holder in the women’s high jump
Milkha SinghNovember 20, 1929IndianMilkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter also known as The Flying Sikh
Roger BannisterMarch 23, 1929BritishRoger Bannister is an English doctor, academic and a former athlete
Maurice GreeneJuly 23, 1974AmericanMaurice Greene is a renowned American former track and field sprinter
Gail DeversNovember 19, 1966AmericanGail Devers is an American retired track and field athlete counted amongst the fastest track and field athletes of all time
Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia

EthiopianAugust 7, 1932146 views

Matti Nykänen

Matti Nykänen is a famous ski jumper who has set many records that might never be broken and has given many future athletics a career to aspire for

FinnsJuly 17, 1963229 views

Satcha Pretto

SatchaPretto is an Emmy award-winning journalist for the largest Spanish-language television channel in the United States

HonduranApril 5, 1980439 views

Hadi Saei

Hadi Saei Bonehkohal is a former Iranian taekwondo athlete who has won 2 Olympic gold medals for his country

IranianJune 10, 1976805 views

Irving Saladino

Irving Saladino is Panama’s first and only Olympic gold medalist

PanamanianJanuary 23, 1983199 views

Nadia Comaneci

Romanian athlete Nadia Comăneci is credited for being the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the history of Olympics

RomanianNovember 12, 1961493 views

Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams is a prominent shot putter from New Zealand who is a two-time Olympic champion

Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter also known as The Flying Sikh

IndianNovember 20, 1929397 views

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was an American sprinter who was considered the fastest woman of her times

AmericanJune 23, 1940194 views

Gail Devers

Gail Devers is an American retired track and field athlete counted amongst the fastest track and field athletes of all time

AmericanNovember 19, 1966356 views