Undoubtedly, United States is a home to world-famous athletes who have influenced many sports loving youths. Here, you will find a list of some of the most influential athletes of United States. These American athletes are also role models for some sports lovers.
- Michael Phelps:
Michael is a champion of swimming. He has set many world records in swimming competitions such as 200 meter free-style, 400-meter individual and 200-meter butterfly. He has won total 39 world-record medals including 29 individual and 10 relay medals. A Michael Phelps Foundation was also set up by the world-recorder swimmer that focuses on growing swimming sports and encouraging healthier lifestyles.
- Derek Jeter:
It is one of the best baseball players in the world. Jeter, an aggressive hitter, once said, “In case will play by any stretch of the imagination, you’re out to win. Baseball, prepackaged games, playing Danger! I prefer not to lose.” He is highly praised by his fans and followers.
- Gabby Douglas:
Gabby Douglas was the first African-American to win the individual all-round gymnastic championship held during 2012 Summer Olympics. She also got a gold medal in team competitions in the same Olympics. “Always believe in yourself. Go out there and fight. Nothing in life is going to be handed to you. Always follow through.”, a motivational message given by her at a luncheon recently organized by Nebraska Families Collaborative in Omaha.
- LeBron James:
LeBron James or “King James” is the topmost basketball player of NBA (National Basketball Association). He gained popularity in 2013 when he drove his team to a historic 27 game winning streak. James has been featured in TV commercials, documentaries and even books. His leadership qualities and accomplishments have made his name included in the list of most influential American athletes.
- Tiger Woods:
He is the biggest golfer in the world who has broken many previous records in the golf tournament. Tiger Woods is also among the world’s highest paid athletes. He is the youngest player to win 50 tournaments on single tour and the Grand Slam. His achievements have influenced many young sports players.
- Lindsey Vonn:
She is a well-known sports personality in the skier world. Lindsey Vonn has bagged 4 overall World cup titles, 2 gold medals in World championship, Olympic gold and bronze medals. She is also one of the 6 women to win all 5 disciples (slalom, giant slalom, super G, downhill and super-combined) of alpine skiing.
- Aaron Rodgers:
Aaron Rodgers is one of the most amazing American quarterbacks in National Football League. At present, he is the only quarterback who have passer rating of more than 100.0 during the regular season. Rodgers has received many awards and honors in the past years.
So, these were the some of the most influential sports personalities of USA. We hope that these athletes will keep on influencing the young generation and motivate the youthful players to play well.