10 Athletes Who Dominated Their Sports
This article explores some of the most talented individuals who dominated the sports they played or are still playing.
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10. KELLY SLATER
In our little lives, only few of us are lucky enough to surpass our childhood heroes. Robert Kelly Slater (a Floridian professional surfer) is one of those lucky dudes. In 2007 when he became the all-time leader in career event wins by winning the Boost Mobile Pro event, Slater transcended the three-time world champion and his hero Tom Curren. Known for his competitive prowess and style. Kelly Slater is 11-times ASP World Tour Champion, 5 of which he’d won in a row between 1994–98.
9. ALEKSANDR KARELIN
Nicknamed the ‘Russian Bear’ Karelin, now retired was a Greco-Roman wrestler for the Soviet Union and Russia. He’s been crowned with a bunch of other names too -“Alexander the Great”, “Russian King Kong” and “The Experiment” which he absolutely deserves thanks to a record 887 win with only two losses in his entire career. [watch some of highlights]
Karelin was born extraordinarily big, weighing 6.8 kg (15 lb). He began training as a wrestler in 1981 and went undefeated from 1982 to 1987 then after suffering a pair of losses resumed his winning streak for the second time from 1987 to 2000. Karelin is known for his inhumanly strength, lightening quickness combined with his dominance of the sport. This Hulk of a man knew well how to utilise his power to his advantage. Karelin was known for something called the ‘Karelin lift’ where he would hoist his opponents up into the air and slam him down violently. That throw alone would get him 5 points. He’d won gold medals thrice at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and a silver medal in the 2000.
8. MARGARET COURT
The International Tennis Hall of Fame states, “For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment there has never been a tennis player to match (her)”. Margaret Smith Court is now a retired world No. 1 professional tennis player who amassed more major titles than any other player in history of professional tennis.
Court entered the tennis world with a bang winning seven consecutive singles titles at the Australian Championships starting at the age of 17 in 1960. During the open era in the 1970s Court became the first woman and the second woman in history to win the singles Grand Slam all in the same year. Court won a record 24 of those titles, and also 19 women’s doubles and 21 mixed doubles titles making a record 64 major titles overall. Believe it or not she is the only player in tennis history to complete a multiple slam in all three disciplines: singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.