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25 Athletes Who Packed On Serious Pounds

Darren - July 8, 2021
Lists

25 Athletes Who Packed On Serious Pounds

Darren - July 8, 2021
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3. Tonya Harding

There was a time when Harding was America’s darling. The figure skater shattered the glass ceiling when she became a national champion and the first woman to pull off a Triple Axel in competition. But she’s notorious for her rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan. It effectively squashed her skating career.

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Harding decided to become a professional boxer and packed on the pounds. Gone was the slim, elegant girl. Suddenly she was a beefy woman able to take a punch. The transformation was a wild one as her life went downhill. The movie ‘I Tonya’ immortalizes her story.

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2. Tyson Fury

He’s one of the most charismatic athletes on the planet right now, but Fury has had to overcome some incredible struggles. Fury suffered from depression and went down the dark path of drugs and alcohol. Then he ballooned up to an astounding 400 pounds. “The Gypsy King” was a long way from his athletic prime.

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However, he was able to rebound and burn off the weight to fight Deontay Wilder. Love him or hate him, Fury managed to overcome his demons to compete again. Standing at 6’9″ and weighing 250 pounds, the WBC champion is a fierce competitor and the best heavyweight in the world right now.

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1. Ronaldo

One of the greatest soccer players of all time, Brazil’s Ronaldo won the World Cup in 2002. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona man was a powerhouse in his prime. Every team he played for considered him a talisman as he scored goal after goal. Unfortunately, his own body let him down in the end.

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In the latter years of his career injuries decimated him. But he didn’t help himself. In sum, partying definitely cost him another season of top-level soccer. Now he’s got the unfortunate moniker ‘Fat Ronaldo’ to differentiate him from his Portuguese counterpart. In short, he’s unrecognizable since packing on the pounds.

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