In spite of her remarkable achievements in sports, Jackie Joyner-Kersee doesn’t enjoy the household-name status as the other historic athletes have, especially outside of the United States. However, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was voted for Women’s Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century. The most successful Olympic Games of Jackie Joyner-Kersee was Seoul 1988, where she won gold medals in both the long jump and the heptathlon. Then she retained her gold medal in the heptathlon at Barcelona 1992 and held the world record in the heptathlon with the top six all-time best results.
Having overcome severe asthma, Jackie Joyner-Kersee achieved all of this and therefore, she thoroughly deserves one place on this list of Top 10 Greatest Sports People of All Time.
Michael Phelps’ wingspan of 80 inches is 4 inches longer than his height, therefore his successful career as a swimmer always beckoned. Phelps amassed an unprecedented 18 gold medals over the course of 3 Olympic Games, which is doubled haul of the second highest record holders. With this outstanding success, he was the most successful athlete in each Olympics he competed in.
Despite being in the autumn of his career, Roger Federer plays tennis at a level which most professional players could only dream of. Regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, Federer has always been ranked in the top 10 since 2002. The records list Federer holds is almost endless, but highlights are winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles and holding the world’s first position for 302 weeks. It is said that we are currently in men’s tennis’ Golden Era, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal consistently dominating the sport. Federer has achieved such a level of success while competing against 3 of these greatest tennis players of all time.