The 9 Best Athletes from the United States

14 March, 2020
Athletes from the United States have always excelled on a national and international level. Which athletes do you think are the best?
 

If you want to talk about the best athletes from the United States, you have to look at athletes throughout history who gained international fame. In today’s article, we’ll tell you about some of these amazing people and their achievements.

Who are the best athletes from the United States?

There’s no denying that one of the most powerful countries in the world also turns out some of the best athletes. In the Olympic Games, the supremacy of the United States is well-known. Today, we’ll talk about some of the best athletes that this nation has offered to the world.

1. Michael Phelps

Most people consider him the best swimmer in world history because of his number of record-breaking times and all the medals he has won. The “Baltimore Bullet” has competed in five Olympic Games and won no less than 28 medals, 23 of them gold.

A photo of Michael Phelps at the Olympics.

2. Michael Jordan: one of the best athletes

Basketball wouldn’t be the same if Michael Jordan hadn’t decided to play. The NBA legend and Chicago Bulls superstar scored an average of 30 points per game. He also won six NBA championship rings and had the honor of being the most valuable player of the league on more than one occasion.

 
A photo of Michael Jordan playing a basketball game.

3. Muhammad Ali: one of the best American athletes

Named Cassius Clay Jr. at birth, Muhammad Ali later converted to Islam and changed his name. Undoubtedly one of the best athletes in the US and the world, he was an undisputed boxing champing and a revolution in the ring. During his illustrious career, he won 56 fights and only lost five.

Muhammad Ali.

4. Serena Williams

It’s important to include female athletes on this list. Tennis star Serena Williams has won 23 individual Grand Slam titles and has been ranked number one in the Women’s Tennis Association for 300 weeks in a row. Together with her older sister Venus, she has won eight Olympic medals.

Serena is the only tennis player to have completed the so-called “Golden Slam” in singles and in doubles tennis because she won four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Gold medal (not all in the same year).

 
Serena Williams serving the ball.

5. Babe Ruth: historically one of the best athletes

Babe Ruth was the best baseball player in history. The Associated Press even referred to him as “the athlete of the century.” Babe Ruth played 22 seasons between 1914 and 1935 on three different teams: the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Boston Braves. He holds several records, including the most home runs in a single season (54).

A black and white photo of Babe Ruth.

6. Carl Lewis

Nicknamed “the son of the wind” by the international community, Carl Lewis was a sprinter and a long-jumper. He won ten Olympic medals in his lifetime over four Olympic Games, eight of which were gold. We should mention that he wasn’t allowed to participate in the Moscow Olympics in 1980, when he was 19, because the United States and Russia were in the middle of the Cold War. Otherwise, he probably would have won more medals.

 
Carl Lewis, one of the best athletes of all time, does the long jump.

7. Vincent Jackson: one of the best athletes from the United States

Better known as “Bo,” Vincent Jackson is another one of the best athletes from the United States. Jackson was a baseball and American football star who played for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and the California Angels. He’s the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football. He was named MVP in 1989 while playing for the American All-Star team.

Vincent Jackson swinging a bat.

In the NFL, he was a running back for the LA Raiders and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. He was a high scoring player and was named MVP in the Liberty Bowl in 2007.

8. Tiger Woods

Most people don’t know Tiger Woods’s real name, Eldrick Tont. This incredible golfer (photo at the top of the article) is considered one of the three best in history. The other two are Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

 

Tiger Woods won 15 majors and 81 tournaments of the PGA tour. He has also won many opens in the United States, England, and the Augusta Masters.

9. Pete Sampras

A photo of Pete Sampras playing tennis.

This ex-tennis player won 14 individual Grand Slam tournaments (seven Wimbledon Championships, five US Opens, and two Australian Opens and on Roland Garros open). He was number one in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking for 286 weeks.

 
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