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Olympic athlete

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican former sprinter. He is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.

Owing to his achievements and dominance in sprint competition, he is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

In addition he won two 4 × 100 relay gold medals. He gained worldwide fame for his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the first person to hold both records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

  • Full name: Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD
  • Profession: Olympic athlete
  • Born: 21 August 1986 (age 33 years), Sherwood Content, Jamaica
  • Height: 1.95 m
  • Full name: Usain St Leo Bolt
  • Weight: 94 kg
  • Current team: Jamaica
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Athletes Ice hockey player

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999.

Nicknamed “The Great One”, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself.

Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. He garnered more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times.

In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and 6 All-Star records.

  • Full name: Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC
  • Profession: Ice hockey player
  • Born: 26 January 1961 (age 59 years), Brantford, Canada
  • Playing career: 1978–1999
  • Spouse: Janet Jones (m. 1988)
  • National team: Canada
  • Number: 99 (Edmonton Oilers / Centerman)
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Athletes Chess

Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan is a Chinese chess grandmaster and four-time Women’s World Chess Champion.

A chess prodigy, she is the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of grandmaster and the youngest ever to win the Women’s World Chess Championship.

At the age of 12, Hou became the youngest player ever to participate in the Women’s World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006).

In June 2007, she became youngest Chinese Women’s Champion ever. She achieved the titles of Woman FIDE Master in January 2004, Woman Grandmaster in January 2007, and Grandmaster in August 2008.

In 2010, she won the 2010 Women’s World Championship in Hatay, Turkey at age 16. She won the next three championships in which the title was decided by a match (in 2011, 2013 and 2016, with a total of ten wins to zero losses and 14 draws against three different opponents), but was either eliminated early or declined to participate in the championships in which the title was decided by a knockout tournament (in 2012, 2015 and 2017).

Hou is the third woman ever to be rated among the world’s top 100 players, after Maia Chiburdanidze and Judit Polgár. She is widely regarded as the best active female chess player, “leaps and bounds” ahead of her competitors.

As of May 2019, she is the No. 1 ranked woman in the world, 72 points ahead of the No. 2 ranked Ju Wenjun. She was named in the BBC’s 100 Women programme in 2017.

  • Full name: Hou Yifan
  • Profession: Chinese chess grandmaster
  • Born: 27 February 1994 (age 26 years), Xinghua, Jiangsu, Taizhou, China
  • Title: Grandmaster (2008)
  • Women’s World Champion: 2010–2012; 2013–2015; 2016–2017
  • Peak rating: 2686 (March 2015)
  • Education: Peking University, High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China
  • Parents: Hou Xuejian, Wang Qian
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Athletes Tennis

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan. Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels.

Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, and is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

  • Full name: Naomi Osaka
  • Profession: Japanese tennis player
  • Born: 16 October 1997 (age 22 years), Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Current ranking: No. 10 (March 16, 2020)
  • Country (sports): Japan
  • Coach: Wim Fissette (2020–)
  • Parents: Leonard Francois, Tamaki Osaka
  • Siblings: Mari osaka
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Athletes Tennis

Venus Williams

Venus Williams is an American professional tennis player. A former world No. 1, Williams is generally credited with ushering in a new era of power on the women’s professional tennis tour.

Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks.

  • Full name: Venus Ebony Starr Williams
  • Profession: American tennis player
  • Born: 17 June 1980 (age 39 years), Lynwood, California, United States
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Grand slams won (singles): 7
  • Grand Slam Cup: W (1998)
  • Current ranking: No. 67 (March 9, 2020)
  • Siblings: Serena Williams, Yetunde Price, Lyndrea Price
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Athletes Tennis

Simona Halep

Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles twice between 2017 and 2019.

In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of the Women’s Tennis Association rankings. Halep was the year-end No. 1 in 2017 and 2018.

She has finished each year ranked no lower than No. 4 since 2014 and has the longest active streak of being ranked in the top 10.

She has won 20 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up 17 times. Halep has won two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

  • Full name: Simona Halep
  • Profession: Romanian tennis player
  • Born: 27 September 1991 (age 28 years), Constanța, Romania
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Grand slams won (singles): 2
  • Tour Finals: F (2014)
  • Country (sports): Romania
  • Coach: Darren Cahill
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Athletes Tennis

Andy Murray

Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1.

Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, becoming the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1936, winning the tournament in 2013 and 2016.

Murray is the men’s singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, making him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles.

He featured in Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11–0 in his matches (8 singles and 3 doubles) as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936.

  • Full name: Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE
  • Profession: British tennis player
  • Born: 15 May 1987 (age 32 years), Glasgow
  • Grand slams won (singles): 3
  • Height: 1.9 m
  • Spouse: Kim Sears (m. 2015)
  • Coach: Jamie Delgado (2016–)
  • Children: Edie Murray, Sophia Olivia Murray
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Athletes Tennis

Karolína Plíšková

Karolína Plíšková is a Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

Karolína has won sixteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the doubles rankings.

She reached her first and, as of today, only Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets.

As a junior, Plíšková won the girls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.

  • Full name: Karolína Plíšková
  • Profession: Czech tennis player
  • Born: 21 March 1992 (age 28 years), Louny, Czechia
  • Height: 1.86 m
  • Spouse: Michal Hrdlička (m. 2018)
  • Country (sports): Czech Republic
  • Tour Finals: SF (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Coaches: Conchita Martínez (2018–2019), Rennae Stubbs (2018–2019), Daniel Vallverdú (2020–), Olga Savchuk (2020–)
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Athletes Tennis

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

He has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 280 weeks.

In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title.

By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969 and the first ever to do so on three different surfaces.

He is the only male player to have won all nine of the Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic was also a member of Serbia’s winning Davis Cup team in 2010 and in the 2020 ATP Cup.

  • Full name: Novak Djokovic
  • Born: 22 May 1987 (age 32 years), Belgrade, Serbia
  • Grand slams won (singles): 17
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Spouse: Jelena Đoković (m. 2014)
  • Tour Finals: W (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Children: Stefan Đoković, Tara Đoković