10 Biographies of Great Athletes

Today many giant sports figures are publishing biographies. These sports stars are global icons who wish to inspire the next generation into following their footsteps, to work hard, to pursue what they love.

Below are the biographies of some of the greatest athletes ever. Note that some of the biographies are written by the athletes themselves but they are not exactly autobiographies. The books were a result of a team of writers which includes the athletes too. Here are Biographies of Great Athletes:

10 Biographies of Great Athletes

10. Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion’s Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream by Meb Keflezighi

Athlete: Meb Keflezighi

biographies of great athletes

In number 10 position of the 10 biographies of great athletes is the biography of Mebrahtom Meb Keflezighi – a long distance runner from America. He has got a number of feathers to his cap. While graduating he was part of the UCLA Bruins track and field team and he won four NCAA championships. In the 2004 Olympic, he won silver at men’s marathon. He also won the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Owens finished fourth in the 2012 Summer Olympics and in the 2014 New York City Marathon. Lately he participated in the 2015 Boston Marathon and finished eighth.

9. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Athlete: Louis Zamperini

biographies of great athletes

Louis Silvie Louie Zamperini was many things including being a long distance runner. Originally from Italy, the Zamperinis moved to America and knew no English. Because of this Louis was often bullied and he ended up getting into fights. To keep him off of troubles, his brother enrolled him into the school track team. Soon enough he rose like a star. In 1939, he managed to qualify for the Summer Olympics becoming the youngest American qualifier ever in the 5,000 meters race. Later Louis participated in World War II and even served as war prisoner.

8. Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad

Athlete: Arthur Ashe

biographies of great athletes

In number 8 position of the 10 biographies of great athletes is the biography of Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr.  – regarded as one of America’s greatest tennis players ever.  He won three Grand Slam titles and held the World No. 1 position during the peak of his career. Ashe was also the only black man to win the US Open, the Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He was also the first black man to be selected to play in the United States Davis Cup team. In 1993, Ashe was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously.

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