Biles has revitalized gymnastics in the U.S. with her incredible record on the beam. It was the Olympic champion’s destiny to be great. Her grandparents homeschooled her to maximize her training time. In short, their plan worked perfectly. Sports analysts regard her as the greatest American gymnast ever and arguably one of the world’s best too. It’s phenomenal considering her upbringing.
Firstly, Biles has more World medals than any other gymnast in history, male or female. Meanwhile, she won four gold medals at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Furthermore, she’s showing that age is just a number. The lifespan of a gymnast’s career is traditionally very short. But at the age of 24, she was at peak skills.
The most recognizable East Asian athlete on the planet, Pacquaio is a beast. The Filipino boxer is the only boxer in history to win titles in eight different weight classes. This is a freakish achievement because of the toll it must have taken upon his body. Meanwhile, he also held titles across four decades, also a unique record. Pacquaio is a ferocious power puncher and beat the best of the best.
As well as winning in the ring, Pacquaio also wins in life. He is a member of the Filipino parliament and is a potential presidential candidate. ‘The Pacman’ continues fighting into his forties and shows no signs of slowing down. The likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rickey Hatton all fell victim to his right hand. Also, he was a part of the biggest pay-per-view ever when he fought Floyd Mayweather.
The fastest man on the planet has made history nearly countless times. Bolt hails from Jamaica, where he earned deity status for his wins. The sprinter is also incredibly popular because of his personality. He loves to party as much as he loves to run. Furthermore, he famously ate McDonald’s the entire time he spent in London. In short, he trusted the fast-food chain because it is the same everywhere.
Meanwhile, he holds world records in numerous sprint categories and is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist. This makes him one of the most successful Olympians on the planet. Also, his celebration became iconic. Bolt was a freak athlete who dominated the sport for over a decade. Finally, he retired as the greatest of all time. He also never tested positive for any banned substances which is the scourge of athletics.
McGregor is one of the most controversial people in the world of combat sports. The Irishman rocked the UFC with his meteoric rise to the top of the sport. In doing so, he set numerous pay-per-view records. However, he’s on this list because he became the first UFC champion to hold two belts at the same time. This was a major achievement, even if the UFC helped him to do so.
Firstly, he claimed the featherweight crown after knocking Jose Aldo out in 14 seconds. Then, he crushed Eddie Alvarez in a career-defining performance to win the lightweight title. McGregor wasn’t the first UFC fighter to win titles in different weight divisions. But to do so at the same was a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for ‘The Notorious.’ Nobody else can claim to be the first after this.
If there is one thing Mayweather loves more than anything else on this planet, it’s money. That even became his nickname because he was so efficient at maximizing his earnings. The American boxer went 50-0 throughout his professional career. He was a brilliant defensive stylist but was also an expert at fighting opponents when they were vulnerable. A case in point was his match-up against a faded Manny Pacquaio.
However, Mayweather made history when he became boxing’s first billionaire fighter. This occurred after he defeated UFC fighter Conor McGregor. While Mayweather has many personal flaws, there is no doubt that he is a superb businessman. In many sports, executives exploit their athletes. But ‘Money’ ensured that he was in control of his own path. Now his bank balance is more than healthy.
Nassib made waves in 2021 when he became the first gay player to come out in NFL history. This was a massive news story because football is such a macho sport. There is no doubt that many gay athletes have played in the league but none of them felt comfortable enough to come out. They were worried that their own teammates and front offices would turn on them. Meanwhile, there was also the fear of inevitable fan abuse.
However, Nassib decided that he was tired of hiding who he was. The Las Vegas Raiders’ star announced in a low-key manner. Then, the NFL issued a statement in support of the defensive end. Most fans had nothing but respect for the young man because it took guts to say those words. Some one-of-a-kind occurrences change things for the better forever. Let’s hope that this is one of them.