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Top 10 Inspirational Athletes

In Sports field where it’s not just the men but even the women have left an impressive mark by excelling in their respective sport. The world has witnessed some great achievers in sports.

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We have compiled a list of the top 10 inspirational athletes of all times who have excelled in their sport and have created a unique space for themselves for years to come. Since all the below ten are best we didn’t number them

Michael Jordon

michael-jordanSpeak the word “basketball” and the name Michael Jordon (American) is not far behind. He has been the best basketball player ever, his defense, his jumps, his accuracy, his strategy, his super-fast reflexes are just some of the attributes that sky-dived him to success. Born on February 17, 1963, he was single-handedly responsible for shooting NBA to great fame. His list of accolades and rewards include 5 MVP awards, 9 All-Defensive First Team honors, 10 All-NBA First Team designations, 14 NBA All-Star game appearances, 10 scoring titles, 3 All-Star Game MVP Awards, 3 steals titles, 1998 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and 6 NBA Finals MVP awards.

Amy Van Dyken

amy-van-dykenBorn on February 15, 1973 Amy Van Dyken (American) has won 6 Olympic Gold medals in swimming. The most remarkable feat she managed was by winning 4 of these medals in the 1996 Summer Olympics alone. She is the only American woman who has managed to achieve this remarkable feat. It would be very surprising to know that she suffered from asthma that had made her controlling her breath during swimming extremely difficult. Above all her growing up years were not simple either; being ridiculed for being too tall and not being acceptable in any team because she was a slow swimmer are just some of the handicaps she grew with.

Sachin Tendulkar

sachin-tendulkarBorn on April 24, 1973, Sachin Tendulkar (Indian) has is today called the “greatest batsman that cricket has ever seen”. In the history of ODI he is the only player to have managed to score a double century. Nicknamed the “Master Blaster” he has lived up to his expectations and has hiked the bar for excellence in cricket for years to come. In fact he is the 1st and only player in the history of test cricket who has managed to score 50 centuries and 50 centuries in International cricket. He has a tie with Sir Jack Hobbs (England) for scoring 11 test centuries against Australia, a feat managed some 70 years back. In the year 2010 he won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and in the 2011 he was also the winner of the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award.

Polina Astakhova

polina-astakhovaBorn on October 30, 1936, Polina Astakhova (Russian) was the winner of 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics. She represented the USSR team from 1955 to1968. She started her journey at the age of 13 and trained under none other than the renowned Vladimir Alieksandrovitch Smirnov. Nicknamed the “Russian Birch” owing to her natural grace and poise, her beauty also had her being called “Madonna” by many. She was the youngest in the USSR team and yet it was she who brought home the Gold for her country. She continued her career till the year 1972 and then took up the job as the USSR State Trainer. The year 2002 saw her being welcomed into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She finally breathed her last on August 5, 2005 in Ukraine.

Tiger Woods

tiger-woodsDespite his wrong reasons to fame in the near past, you cannot take away the glorious history Tiger Woods (American) has had in the game of Golf. Born on December 30, 1975, he has been the most successful golfer in the history of golf. Till a while back he was the No.1 Golf Player in the world and is also the highest paid professional athlete globally. He has been the winner of 14 professional major golf championships, 16 World Golf Championships and 71 PGA Tour events. He is also the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam not once but three times. He is also the fastest and the youngest player to have won 50 tournaments on tour. He has won the PGA Player of the Year Award 10 times, Bryon Nelson Award 8 times, Vardon Trophy 8 times and the FedEx Cup Championship 2 times.

Raisa Smetanina

raisa-smetaninaBorn on February 29, 1952, Raisa Smetanina (Russian) has won 10 medals in Winter Olympics for skiing. Her career began in the year 1967 and she was inducted into the USSR national team in the year 1972. She shot to fame in the 1974 World Championship where she was instrumental in making her country win by winning the 5-km feat. Her performance in the 1976 Olympics was exemplary as she went on to win 3 medals, 1 silver medal and 2 gold medals, in all the three events she participated. Later in 1992 she was the only woman to win 10 medals in the Olympics and also the oldest woman to have done so. In 1984 she was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples.

Roger Federer

roger-federerBorn on August 8, 1981, Roger Federer (Swiss) has single-handedly managed to sustain being the No1 in the ATP for 237 consecutive weeks. As of January 9, 2011 his position according to the ATP is the world No 2. With a massive record of 16 Grand Slam singles titles Roger Federer is easily the best known male tennis player of all times. He has also won 5 ATP World Tour Finals and 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments. 2008 Summer Olympics saw him winning the Gold medal doubles along with Stanislas Wawrinka. From the years 2005-2008 he has continuously been named the “Laureus World Sportsman of the Year”. He is nicknamed Federer Express and Swiss Maestro. Thanks to his mammoth achievements

Larissa Latynina

larissa-latyninaBorn on December 27, 1934, Larissa Latynina (Russian) is the one and only athlete in both males and females to hold the maximum number of Olympic medals. She was the epitome for gymnasts and was responsible for the strong position USSR held in gymnastics in the Olympics. From 1956 till 1964 she had managed to win 18 gymnastic events: 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze. Her participation and winnings in the 1958 World Championships was par excellence. In spite of being pregnant she managed to win 5 out of the 6 titles she competed for. She is the only woman to have won the all-round medal for 2 Olympiads. Post retirement she started coaching the national gymnast team.

Diego Maradona

diego-maradonaBorn on October 30, 1960, Diego Maradona (Argentinian) has been an icon in the history of football. In his entire International career representing Argentina he has earned 37 goals and 91 caps. In 1986 FIFA World Cup he had captained Argentina against West Germany and won the Golden Ball award for being the best player of the tournament. The 1986 FIFA World Cup was etched in the history of football, thanks to the historical 2 goals scored by Diego Maradona. The first was the “Hand of God” and the second was a 60 m goal the unprecedented “Goal of the Century”. Though embroiled in various controversies his contribution to football remains unparalleled.

Martina Navratilova

martina-navratilovaBorn on October 18, 1956 Martina Navratilova (Czech) is the best women Tennis player, be it singles, doubles or mixed doubles. The winner of 31 Women’s Doubles Title, 18 Grand Slam titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, she has been the face of tennis for years. She began her professional career in the year 1975 and has held a record breaking 167 titles in her entire career that is the highest titles held by any male or female athlete.

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