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Three of the Most Famous Athletes of All Time

Posted on 12. Feb, 2014 by in NHL

To be considered one of the most famous athletes, an individual must achieve feats that are so monumental it is hard to convince others doing the same. It requires lots of hard work and tremendous dedication to be a part of this small and distinguished club.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. His rise to fame began during his years at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1982. After three years at UNC, he signed with the Chicago Bulls. It was his play for the Bulls that made the world aware of his tremendous talent. Number 23 was the driving force behind the six championships the Bulls won in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1985, and also presented with five MVP awards during the course of his career.

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky’s nickname “The Great One” makes it easy to understand why he is considered one of the world’s most famous athletes. Many people believe he is the greatest hockey player ever. Gretzky is Canadian and was born in Brantford, Ontario. From 1979-1999, he played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He started his professional hockey career with the Edmonton Oilers, and also played for the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers. Gretzky holds numerous hockey records including being the all-time leading goal-scorer in the NHL.

Michael Phelps

Swimmer Michael Phelps holds the distinction of being the most decorated Olympian in history. He has also won more gold Olympic medals than any other athlete. His performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was his crowning achievement; Phelps won eight gold medals with five of them in individual events.

These three men are some of the world’s most famous athletes. Their accomplishments stand head and shoulders above others who have competed in their respective sports.

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