50 Sporty Facts About World’s Top Athletes


21Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s grandmother only came to see him play one game his entire professional career. In that game versus the Toronto Raptors, he scored 81 points.

22Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher donated $10 million in aid after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. This surpassed the amount given by any other individual, sports team/league, corporation, and even some countries. Schumacher’s bodyguard Burkhard Cramer, and Cramer’s two sons, were killed in the tsunami.

23Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt’s resting heart rate is 33 beats per minute.

24Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

The 1992 Olympics US basketball team, a.k.a. “The Dream Team” has been called “the most dominant squad ever assembled in any sport.” Magic Johnson said “I look to my right, there’s Michael Jordan ... I look to my left, there’s Charles Barkley or Larry Bird ... I didn’t know who to throw the ball to!”

25Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams was around 8 weeks pregnant when she beat her sister Venus in the final to win the 2017 Australian Open. It was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22.

26Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

The legs of 6’4” Michael Phelps are the same length as 5’9” marathoner Hicham El Guerrouj. It is Phelps' short legs and long torso that help make him such a great swimmer.

27Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan had a "love of the game" clause in his contract, allowing him to play basketball against anyone, anytime and anywhere.

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28Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

In his entire 19 year career, NBA player Shaquille O’Neal only made 1 three-point shot, out of 22 attempts.

29Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Out of the top 30 100m sprint times, only 9 were run by athletes not associated with doping, all 9 are by Usain Bolt (as of January 2020).

30Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

When the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings, the Canadian government stepped in and wanted to block the trade.


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