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    Jaap Eden, Dutch Athlete
  Jaap Eden, Dutch Athlete
Jacobus Johannes "Jaap" Eden was a Dutch athlete. He is the only male athlete to have won world championships in both speed skating and cycling (women who have done so are Sheila Young and Christa Rothenburger)....
 
    Jack Johnson, American Boxer
  Jack Johnson, American Boxer
John Arthur Johnson, better known as Jack Johnson and nicknamed the “Galveston Giant”, was an American boxer and arguably the best heavyweight of his generation. He was the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908-1915), a feat which, for...
 
    Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
  Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba was a famous martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido. He is often referred to as Kaiso, meaning "founder", or Osensei, "Great Teacher". Ueshiba is remembered by his pupils as a master of the martial arts, w...
 
    Duke Kahanamoku, Invented Surfing
  Duke Kahanamoku, Invented Surfing
Duke Kahanamoku, known as the "Big Kahuna," was an Olympic champion swimmer who is generally credited with having invented the modern sport of surfing. He was the first person to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of...
 
    George Herman Ruth, Jr. "Babe Ruth"
  George Herman Ruth, Jr. "Babe Ruth"
Babe Ruth was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Many polls place him as the greatest baseball player in history. Ruth began his carrer as a Boston Red Sox pitcher. He compiled an 89-46 win-loss record, and set several World Series rec...
 
    Johnny Weissmuller, Tarzan
  Johnny Weissmuller, Tarzan
Johnny Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth...
 
    Max Schmeling, German Boxer
  Max Schmeling, German Boxer
Max Schmeling was a German boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two fights with Joe Louis in the late 1930s transcended boxing and became worldwide social events because of their national associations. Despite...
 
    Jesse Owens, American Athlete
  Jesse Owens, American Athlete
Jesse Owens was an African American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Before the eyes of the Nazi leadership, who had hoped to use the games as a source of propaganda for Aryan nationalism, Owens cla...
 
    Joe Louis
  Joe Louis
Joe Louis burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1934 with style and skill such as the boxing world has seldom seen. Known to many as the "Brown Bomber," Louis emerged victorious from his first 27 fights, all but four of which he won in knockout...
 
    Joe DiMaggio
  Joe DiMaggio
The son of a fisherman, Joe DiMaggio is considered one of the most memorable baseball players of all time. For many of the fans who saw him play, he epitomizes grace and excellence. His play, his demeanor and his short marriage to Marilyn Monroe help...
 
    Jackie Robinson, Baseball Player
  Jackie Robinson, Baseball Player
Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first b...
 
    Anton Geesink, World Judo Champion
  Anton Geesink, World Judo Champion
Antonius "Anton" Johannes Geesink was a Dutch 10th-dan judoka. He was a three-time World Judo Champion (1961, 1964 and 1965) and Olympic Gold Medalist (1964). He was 6'6" (1.98m) tall and at one time weighted 320 pounds (145 kg). He was born in Utrec...
 
    Muhammad Ali
  Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali has undoubtedly been a fixture in world culture since the 1960's. Seizing the gold medal at the Olympics in 1960, battling George Foreman in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire, and going head to head with Joe Frazier in "The Thrilla in...
 
    Guus Hiddink, Football Coach
  Guus Hiddink, Football Coach
Guus Hiddink is a Dutch football coach who is currently the head coach for Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, as well as the manager of the Australian national team. Throughout his entire coaching career, he is best recognised for leading South Korea to a 4th...
 
    Johan Cruijff, Football Player
  Johan Cruijff, Football Player
Only few people can be conceited to see how their dreams and illusions become true. Be the destiny or not, the truth is that Johan Cruyff's life has been bound to football since its beginning. His childhood was linked to Ajax, the club that would sho...
 
 

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