THE MOST FAMOUS ATHLETES OF THE WORLD
Sport is not just about keeping fit. For a certain category of people – sport is a matter of all life, a matter to which they have devoted themselves from beginning to end. The reasons may be different – the desire to prove the greatness of human capabilities, the struggle for one’s country, self-improvement, and finally just an incredible will to win. In this article we will talk about the most famous athletes on the planet.
Perhaps there is no other name in the world that is so firmly associated with tremendous physical strength as the name of Ivan Poddubny. This legendary weightlifter was born in the Poltava region, in the small village of Krasionivka in 1871. His father and mother were hereditary Cossacks and put honor above all. In the whole village, Ivan’s father, Maxim Poddubny, was the strongest and surprised the villagers with his abilities. The son went to his father and by the age of 17 he could turn five-pound bags Ivan Poddubny with grain and unbend horseshoes. At twenty, Ivan left the village to work in the port of Sevastopol, where he got a job as a loader. For unprecedented strength and huge growth, everyone in the port respectfully called him Ivan the Great. In 1895, Poddubny moved to Feodosia and began serious kettlebell lifting and wrestling. Already in 98, he won the first victory in the championship of the circus of Truzzi. In 1903, Ivan Poddubny joined the St. Petersburg Athletic Society and in the same year went to the World Cup in Paris. There he loses to Raul le Boucher, who held several receptions prohibited by the rules. However, already next year, Poddubny restores justice by triumphing over Le Boucher in the Moscow Ciniselli Circus.
Ivan Poddubny maintained his strength for such a long time thanks to regular training, including weight training, training wrestling and hardening, as well as due to proper nutrition. The fact that Poddubny never drank alcohol and did not smoke cigarettes played a role. He won all major victories not so much by force as by good tactics. For more than twenty-five years, Poddubny was a real champion of champions, a symbol of indestructible power.
Michael Jordan Today, even people as far from basketball as possible have heard the name of Michael Jordan at least a couple of times. This great basketball player did not just show amazing athletic results – he turned the entire basketball world upside down, and it was thanks to him that they learned about the NBA, and basketball in general, in many countries of the world. Michael began his professional career at the University of North Carolina in the early eighties. Having won the team with the team at the NCAA in 82, Michael goes to the Chicago Bulls. Since that time, Jordan’s popularity has been gaining momentum very quickly and he soon became a real NBA star. His productive game and ability to jump earned him the nickname “Air Jordan.” At that time, Michael was assigned the title of the best basketball defender of all that had ever existed. For three years, starting at age 91, Michael, as part of the Chicago team, wins all NBA championships. In 1993, unexpectedly for everyone, he leaves basketball due to the death of his father. During this period, Michael tries his hand at baseball, but nothing comes of it. And at 95, he makes a triumphant return, after which he brings the Chicago Bulls three more victories in the NBA championships in 1996,1997 and 1998. At the same time, Michael managed to set an absolute NBA record for matches won during the season – 72 wins. Jordan ends his career in 1999, but returns again in 2001, but as part of the Washington Wizards. Among other things, Jordan is the two-time winner of the Olympic Games (1984 and 1992) and is the only one who, along with these titles, managed to win the title of NBA champion and the most valuable player of the season.
Pele The most famous football player in the world, the famous Pele, is the only three-time world football champion. His real name is Edson Arantes di Nascimento, he was born in Brazil in 1940. Edson’s family was very poor, and football was the boy’s favorite pastime. His father, a former soccer player, taught Pele the basics and shared some professional secrets. At the age of seven, the boy was accepted into the local youth team. Subsequently, Pele delighted everyone with his spectacular and productive game in attack. For a period of time, the coach of this team was Valdemar de Brito – a former member of the Brazilian national team, which determined the future of Pele. Valdemar arranged for a young footballer to watch at the little-known Santos football club. That is how Pele entered the world of professional sports. At the age of 15, the first official match took place, in which Pele took part. It was a match against Corinthians and Pele managed to score a goal in it. Over the next two years, he was repeatedly awarded the title of top scorer – in 1958 he scored 58 goals.