Pretty much everyone knows who tennis star Maria Sharapova is. She’s held five Grand Slam titles, but even so she’s considered to be a massive underachiever. Those who know tennis would say that after coming onto the world stage and winning Wimbledon at the age of 17, she should have achieved a lot lot more. But her career’s been marred by injuries, some debilitating injuries, and recently, a controversial doping ban. If it was any other player, even if they had five Grand Slams, they’d be forgotten about. But Maria’s become such a high-profile athlete over the years, and that’s because she’s super-hot. Tall, elegant, graceful on the court, it’s little wonder she was once the wealthiest female athlete on the planet, and that’s because of the numerous companies all wanting to get Maria on board.
Athletes are the persons involved in the sport of athletics. Athletics include track and field events such as running, throwing, walking and jumping, the most common events being long distance running, cross-country running, and race walking. Athletics are very popular due to the fact that that such competitive events are simple to be organized and do not require expensive equipment. Mostly athletic events are individual sports though there are exceptions like relay races and cross-country races. Athletics have their origins in the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in 776 BC in Greece. Athletes have to maintain a very strict and healthy lifestyle which includes paying significant attention to their diets and exercise routines. They have to undergo a stringent training and practice routine in their chosen sports in order to compete professionally. Being a professional athlete is physically taxing and mentally exhausting. Since athletes are in their top form for only a few years, they are able to actively participate in competitive sports only for a limited period of time. Also they face the risk of injuries that might limit or even end their career. Some athletes may become coaches and instructors after their retirement from active sports. Browse this section to know about the life and works of various famous athletes from all over the world.